Hand-to-hand combat between animals and cells

eosinophils and c elegans

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From an article on white blood cells (eosinophils) attacking nematodes, it is like something out of a horror movie. What is amazing about this is that these cells are attacking an animal with a nervous system and exist on roughly the same size scale! It kind of blows my mind that nervous systems and single cells coexist in this manner. Which returns to the question of: why does something at that size need a nervous system at all?

Here’s a new research program for you –  the neurological correlates of hand-to-hand combat with single-celled organisms…

[via reddit]

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