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Image of the Day: Brain, Heal Thyself

By The Scientist Staff | April 20, 2018

When a mouse’s brain undergoes traumatic injury, immune cells clear the dead from the affected area, after which blood cells swoop in to repair blood vessels.

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In the presence of cytosolic DNA, cancer cells activate antiviral pathways that disguise them as immune cells.

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Errors in segregation during cell division can lead to inflammation in daughter cells.

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image: Hungry Macrophages Keep Tattoos on Mice’s Skin

Hungry Macrophages Keep Tattoos on Mice’s Skin

By Diana Kwon | March 7, 2018

A new study reveals that a constant stream of ink-gobbling immune cells helps hold tattoos in place.

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image: Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses

Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses

By Catherine Offord | January 5, 2018

Signaling pathways triggered by the mother’s immune system may cause complications during fetal development.

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image: Image of the Day: Hunter Platelets 

Image of the Day: Hunter Platelets 

By The Scientist Staff | December 19, 2017

Researchers explore how blood platelets sweep bacteria into aggregate bundles at sites of infection to help phagocytic cells dispose of them. 

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image: Macrophages Respond to Liver Injury

Macrophages Respond to Liver Injury

By Ashley P. Taylor | August 1, 2016

In mice, immune cells from the body cavity surrounding organs arrive at the site of damage to chew up the nuclei of dead cells.

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image: Newly Discovered Emergency Responders to Liver Damage

Newly Discovered Emergency Responders to Liver Damage

By Ashley P. Taylor | August 1, 2016

Immune cells called macrophages from the peritoneal cavity of mice migrate to injured livers and aid in repair.

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image: Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity

Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity

By Kerry Grens | November 16, 2015

In mice lacking intestinal microbiota, white fat turns brown and obesity is prevented.

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Time-Lapse on the Cheap

By Ruth Williams | February 1, 2015

A PhD student jury-rigs a microscopy system for high-throughput cell motility assays.

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