News Release 06-149
Novel Laboratory Model Reveals Clues to How Blood Starts Clotting
Approach has potential to reveal mechanisms behind variety of reactions within the body
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Scientists from the University of Chicago have developed a microfluidic system that was able to separately monitor blood clotting in both blood plasma and a chemical model. The researchers were even able to use the model to predict behavior that they later confirmed with human blood plasma, finding that blood can be exposed to significant amounts of clotting
stimuli, such as tissue factor, without initiating clotting.
Credit: Nicole Rager-Fuller, NSF
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