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Blood clot discovery

26th January 2009

Scientists from the University of Bristol have discovered a way in which to stop the blood clots which can trigger heart attacks. 

Lead researcher Professor Alastair Poole said: "We have discovered that a protein called PKC alpha is a major controller of platelet stickiness - if you remove PKC alpha the dangerous blood clots don't form. Equally important, and surprising, is that we have also found that absence of PKC alpha doesn't seem to impair the normal control of bleeding, unlike some current anti-clotting medicines."

 

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