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Novel discovery reveals new diagnostic markers and treatment targets for bleeding disorder

What is this research about?

When the body attacks its own cells, the results can be devastating. Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disease in which the body produces antibodies against blood platelets. These antibodies bind to platelets and tag them, causing them to be recognized as "foreign" by the immune system and destroyed. Platelets work by sticking together and forming a plug that seals broken blood vessels, so the loss of too many platelets can lead to serious bleeding.

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