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Crowding in the Blood Vessels

Jülich, 31 March 2014 – White blood cells serve as the police force of our body’s immune system. They zoom along the arteries and veins, awaiting the order to go into action. When it comes, they travel along the walls of the blood vessels to the diseased region of the body. The cells’ move to the vessel walls is an entirely passive process. Jülich researchers have now provided a quantitative description of the prerequisites for this process using three-dimensional computer simulations. Their findings could support the development of microfluidic applications.

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