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12 May 2017

Lungs are responsible for respiration

We all know that the lungs are responsible for respiration, supplying the body with oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. Now US scientists have shown that they have another, rather unexpected function, being involved in maintaining healthy blood by producing a large proportion of the platelets necessary for blood clotting. The researchers discovered that the lungs can also restore the production of blood when the stem cells of the bone marrow, which have up until now been thought to be the main source of new blood, are depleted.

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