Published in Blood Weekly, April 1st, 2004
According to recent research from the United States, "there is a growing interest in the use of granulocytic surface markers for the diagnosis of some inherited and acquired disorders, such as Shwachman-Diamond syndrome and myelodysplastic syndromes. Understanding the impact of physiologic factors, such as age, gender, pregnancy, race, and stress on granulocytic surface markers is essential for appropriate interpretation of results. Some surface markers show marked variations at the very early and the very late stages in life."
"Fetal granulocytes tend to have a lower expression of...
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