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The liver does not make red blood cells; these cells are made by bone marrow. The liver combines amino groups from amino acids with carbon dioxide to produce urea. The liver makes bile, a combination of bile salts, cholesterol, bicarbonate, and water. Bile is then stored in the gallbladder until needed. Alcohol travels to the liver and is detoxified there. Glucose is stored in the form of glycogen in the liver. When blood glucose is low, glycogen is broken down and glucose is released into the blood.