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Today I learned that the LUNGS make blood.

What.

Just pause and think about that for a moment.

Where did you think blood was made? The bones? Ahaha. Outdated knowledge now.

I'm reminded of learning about a newly discovered organ in the human body.

These are the kinds of things that need to be taught in college Introductory Biology courses. I feel like this could wake students up to the importance of ongoing scientific inquiry.

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twoeleven
Mar. 24th, 2017 08:41 pm (UTC)
I've only got the abstract, but it seems most blood is made in the bones, but the lungs are stranger than we thought.

These are the kinds of things that need to be taught in college high school Introductory Biology courses.
I fixed your typo. :) I think that by college, the window of opportunity to interest people in science is essentially closed. We'll get some, sure, but nowhere as many as if we start younger.

I'm also under the impression that some of the modern science curricula emphasize that science isn't a fixed body of random facts, but a process that generates a kinda-sorta fixed body of random facts. :) As one of my mol bio profs put it, "The half-life of any particular biological fact is five years."
randomdreams
Mar. 25th, 2017 01:21 am (UTC)
I hope this is the case. I'd like to see science described as "the least wrong approximation of the truth we currently have" or something to that effect.
moodyduck
Mar. 25th, 2017 01:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, I read the abstract as saying some progenitors of platelets migrate to the lungs and produce platelets there, and that some other progenitor cells can be held in the lungs and used to repopulate the bone marrow if needed. Still pretty fascinating to find that we can still be discovering such things.
sandokai
Mar. 25th, 2017 06:18 pm (UTC)
It's not the bones???
thewronghands
Mar. 26th, 2017 04:27 pm (UTC)
Hooray for new science!
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