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A new type of bone marrow stem cell in mice that is primed to produce large numbers of vital blood-clotting platelets has been discovered.

The breakthrough could lead to the development of new treatments to restore platelets in patients who have undergone chemotherapy or a bone marrow transplant.

A team funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), and led by scientists at Oxford University's MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, has reported the discovery in the journal Nature.

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Source: MRC