Photo Gallery: Beauty in Science 11/27/2009
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An electron microscope catches the immune system blooming into action. A white...
Volker Brinkmann

An electron microscope catches the immune system blooming into action. A white blood cell (red) wraps itself around a mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of most cases of tuberculosis. Phagocyte, as a white blood cell is known as, comes from the Greek word phagein (to eat), and that's what the cell does, rendering the infectious cell benign.

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