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Preventing Bleeding, but Not By Clotting

In New Place, Platelets Take on a New Role

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
In work that sheds new light on both immune function and the body’s response to injuries, researchers have shown that platelets play a role in the trafficking of T cells into lymph nodes. The findings, which appeared in the Sept. 1, 2013, online edition of Nature, started out as a basic science investigation into how T cells, or lymphocytes, can travel to and from lymph nodes without the roads they use to do so being co-opted by other cell types.

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