Image of the Day: Hunter Platelets 

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

By The Scientist Staff | December 19, 2017

Movement trajectory of a migrating human platelet from top to bottom, shown as a sequence of time-lapse images of the cell's outline (left), and the bundles (indicated by arrows) formed by human platelets when they collect bacteria on their path (right) FLORIAN GÄRTNER, LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHENF. Gärtner et al., “Migrating platelets are mechano-scavengers that collect and bundle bacteria”, Celldoi10.1016/j.cell.2017.11.001, 2017. 

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