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Blood clotting is a protective function which ensures that when we injure ourselves, we don't bleed for too long. However if your blood clots at the wrong time, such as in a blood vessel, this can stop the flow of blood to the heart and the brain, and can lead to heart attack and stroke. This is known as thrombosis. The cells which cause blood to clot are known as platelets, and drugs which prevent their function are also able to prevent thrombosis. To develop better drugs we need to know as much as we can about how these cells work. At the University of Reading we are using a combination of approaches to better understand and tackle this problem.

Platelets in the blood joining to form a clot

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