The human gut with a developing blood cell indicated by the white arrow. Image: Megan Sykes/Columbia University
The gut makes ten percent of your blood cells - health short science news

New research led to the surprising finding that about 10 per cent of our blood cells is made in the bone marrow, but in the intestines.

This was observed in the blood of patients, who had received intestinal transplants, as it contained blood cells of the donor.

. Importantly, the more blood cells from the donor in the recipients’ blood, the less likely the transplanted intestine was to be rejected. Thus, these cells protect against the immune system of the recipient, which could improve the life of the patients considerably.

Read the full story: Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Scientific publication: Cell Stem Cell

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