Re: life span of avian red blood cells

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From:Gary Radice <> (by way of histonet)
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A quick look at my bookshelves found:

"The life of a red corpuscle in a chicken is thought to be about a month,
but a human red corpuscle keeps working for about four months before it is
	Welty, J.C. (1975). The Life of Birds. (2nd ed.) WB Saunders Co.,
Philadelphia. p 116.

Counter-intuitive, eh? One might expect a nucleated cell to last longer
than a non-nucleated cell.

> Dear histonetters:
> Does anyone know what are the life spans of red blood cells in birds and
>fish? what kind of advantages does a nucleadted blood cell have?
> Thank you
> Siyami

Gary P. Radice
Associate Professor of Biology		804 289 8107 (voice)
University of Richmond		804 289 8233 (FAX)
Richmond VA 23173

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