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Repulsive encounters

In multicellular organisms, cells are often required to die. They are then eaten by 'phagocytic' cells. But how do the phagocytes distinguish between dead and living prey? New work provides an unexpected answer.

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Figure 1: To eat or not to eat?


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Chimini, G. Repulsive encounters. Nature 418, 139–141 (2002).

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