Image of the Week: Monocyte Astronauts

This week’s image falls within one of our favorite topics here at GMU Biodefense – cells in space.

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The picture, titled “Goldfinger” due to the placement of the immune cells on gold-coated slides, depicts monoctyes in zero gravity.  Monocytes are critical immune defenders, helping fight off bacteria and viruses.

For more information on the image, check out the European Space Agency site.

(Image credit: ESA/MIA G.Pani)

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