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Platelets: Our Human Velcro in Health and Disease

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Platelets act as the guardians of our blood supply. They constantly maintain a fine balance between bleeding and clotting and are quick to respond to injury, in response to which they plug and seal the wound. Our Western lifestyle however has heralded an increase in cardiovascular disease, in which platelets swing into action in at the wrong place and time, resulting in heart attacks and sudden death. This talk provides an overview on platelets and their function, briefly illustrating current research carried out in the Department of Biochemistry in the field of heart disease research.

This talk is part of the Stokes Society, Pembroke College series.

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