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Photos of the Year

By Katarina Zimmer | December 25, 2017

From a plastic-munching coral to see-through frogs, here are The Scientist’s favorite images from 2017.

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Infographic: Macrophages Around the Body

By Claire Asher | October 1, 2017

In addition to circulating in the blood as immune sentinels, macrophages play specialized roles in different organs around the body.

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Macrophages Are the Ultimate Multitaskers

By Claire Asher | October 1, 2017

From guiding branching neurons in the developing brain to maintaining a healthy heartbeat, there seems to be no job that the immune cells can’t tackle.

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Image of the Day: Everybody Vomits

By The Scientist Staff | August 31, 2017

In a process known as vomocytosis, macrophages swallow pathogens whole only to spew them back out later, unharmed.

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Image of the Day: Sperm Protectors

By The Scientist Staff | August 18, 2017

Among their many functions, macrophages in mouse testes guard sperm against attacks by other immune cells. 

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Image of the Day: Oculus Reparo

By The Scientist Staff | July 10, 2017

Following an injury to a Drosophila pupal wing, macrophages swoop in, engulfing debris and aiding in the tissue regeneration process.

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