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Subject: What's the difference between serum and plasma?

Date: Thu Mar 26 12:43:53 1998
Posted by Bruce Goldman
Grade level: nonaligned
School: No school entered.
City: San Francisco State/Province: CA
Country: U.S.A.
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 890937833.Me

Can anyone tell me the exact difference, chemically and 
histologically, between blood serum and blood plasma, and what 
important implications might arise from that difference? I'm dimly 
aware that plasma contains some things that serum doesn't. (I'm 
interested in this not as a blood donor but as a layperson who reads 
technical biological and medical literature.)

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