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hematopoietic stem cells

All blood cells are produced from the same hematopoietic stem cells in the bone marrow. These can become white blood cells in the adaptive and innate immune systems, Red Blood cells responsible for Oxygen transport around the body, or platelets which are tiny cells that repair damage to arteries, veins and capillaries.

Moving clockwise from the top, this illustration features T lymphocytes, B lymphocytes, Monocytes, Neutrophils, Erythrocytes and Megakaryocytes. These are organised according to lineage similarity.