The Science Journal of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences


The following is an excerpt from the introduction of this article: The human body is defined by many complex and inconsistent characteristics. For example, the body forms blood clots in traumatic events, but blood clots are likewise associated with hazardous or fatal conditions. Platelets are small cells, derived from the precursor megakaryocytes, which are responsible for blood clotting to prevent bleeding from a ruptured blood vessel. Platelets fasten to each other and release a coagulation factor that solidifies around the ruptured area to prevent blood loss. A subordinate quantity of platelets can result in excessive bleeding. However, high platelet numbers can progress into blood clots, which may potentially be dangerous because they produce a condition known as thrombosis. Thrombosis precedes harmful conditions such as stroke, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, and other conditions associated with the disruption of circulatory blood flow.