A hospital laboratory technologist is analyzing the complete blood count (CBC) of a patient. Which of the following statements best reflects an aspect of the platelets that would constitute part of the CBC?
A. The α-granules of platelets contribute primarily to vasoconstriction.
B. New platelets are released from the bone marrow into circulation.
C. Platelets originate with granulocyte colony–forming units (CFU).
D. The half-life of a platelet is typically around 8 to 12 days.