A lab on a chip to produce blood platelets

Blood platelets are cells essential for blood clotting. The growing increase in platelet needs encourage researchers to find additional sources consider blood donation . An equip combining physico - chemists, biologists ( 1) and the start-up PlatOD (2) has developed microfluidic device which product in few hours a lot of Platelets . Their secret ?
A lot of Micropillars fragment very large cells called megakaryocytes into platelets. Its functioning, more efficient that all devices to the study today, is described in the journal Scientific Reports .

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