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Slime mold provides key to understanding directional ability of immune cells

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29/05/2016

Slime mold provides key to understanding directional ability of immune cells

 
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How white blood cells in our immune systems home in on and engulf bacterial invaders--like humans following the scent of oven-fresh pizza--has long been a mystery to scientists. But biologists from UC San Diego and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have uncovered important clues about this mechanism from an organism commonly encountered in soil, but often unnoticed: the slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum . ...

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