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Just checking in.

Feel free to call me crazy.

Well Bye!

I'm much better than an owner of a broken heart!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

I love you!

I have no hearts to give. Could use one myself and always need one.

And a brain. And courage. But I do have a hug for you.

Happy Veteran's Day!

This drink's on the house, cheers!

You Dropped A Bomb On Me (Original 12" Mix)

"It's the only way to be sure!"

Gap Band - Early In The Morning (12" Version)

Was there an instance where you had an empathetic breakthrough; where you were able to overcome

your resistance and empathize with those whom you did or do not like, or are quite different from you?

How 'Spider-Man' and 'Pac-Man' immune cells team up to fight invasive bacteria


How 'Spider-Man' and 'Pac-Man' immune cells team up to fight invasive bacteria
By Nicoletta Lanese about 11 hours ago

In the ultimate superhero crossover, Spider-Man-like immune cells sling webs to capture invasive bacteria and keep those supervillains restrained until Pac-Man-like cells come to gobble them up, a new study shows.

The research was conducted in mice and mouse cells, but it still may help to explain how these "Spider-Man" cells, called neutrophils, fight off infections in humans and why they sometimes fail. It turns out, these spidey cells may not work well in people with autoimmune conditions, such as lupus, making those individuals more susceptible to staph infections, the study authors wrote.

When a staph infection first begins to take hold in the body, our friendly neighborhood neutrophils swoop in as first responders to help fight the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, senior author Eric Skaar, director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation in Nashville, Tennessee, told Live Science. These neutrophils have a secret weapon: They can self-destruct and eject a sticky web from their ruptured membranes. This web, called a neutrophil extracellular trap (NET), contains neutrophil DNA studded with proteins that degrade bacteria.


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