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Erythropoietin stimulates the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. The resultant rise in red cells increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.

As the prime regulator of red cell production, erythropoietin's major functions are to:

  1. Promote the development of red blood cells.
  2. Initiate the synthesis of hemoglobin, the molecule within red blood cells that transports oxygen.

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