How are blood cells made?

09 November 2008

Question

How are blood cells made?

Answer

We put this to Professor Adrian Newland:

Adrian - Blood cells are made in the bone marrow. In the bone space - in particular in the pelvis, in the bones of the back, the ribs and the sternum. They're made from stem cells that then incorporate protein, iron, all the building blocks of haemoglobin that then encapsulate in cells that are pushed out into the blood. Many millions of cells every day.

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