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Re: how long do your cells last after you die.

Date: Mon Dec 8 14:14:57 2003
Posted By: Stephen Lattanzi, M.D., Hematology/Oncology, New London Cancer Center
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 1066746583.Me

Dear Shaniqua,

I'm sorry, but I don't know the answer to this question! The answer would depend on

As a hematologist (a doctor who treats people with blood diseases), I can tell you about the lifespans of normal blood cells. A red blood cell lives 100-120 days, a white blood cell only a few days, and a platelet about 8-12 days.(1)

I'll ask the MadSci folks if they know someone who can give you a better answer. Good luck!

- Stephen C. Lattanzi, M.D. References 1. Williams WJ et al. Hematology, Ed. 4. New York, N.Y.: McGraw- Hill Co., 1990.

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