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Synthetic platelets built to treat bleeding

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Scientists have created synthetic platelets—the blood components that prevent excessive bleeding and heal wounds.

The challenge facing the University of California, Santa Barbara researchers was to develop a comparably sized particle—roughly 1/50th of the diameter of a strand of hair—that had key structural properties of real platelets.

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Photo credit: Peter Allen, UCSB

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