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. 

The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff
Dec 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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