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What is the function of bone marrow in children and teens?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

It would be unwise to house all of our protector cells in one area, so the bone marrow throughout the body produces the young generations of immune cells that go to battle. In particular, it stores the B cells, which mass-produce antibodies—the small molecules that ram themselves into the side of bacteria and virus-infected cells.

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The function of bone marrow in children and teens is to make important cells the body needs to survive, like the white blood cells, red blood cells and cells of the immune system.

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