The amazing flexibility of red blood cells

Published: 31/01/2018
The amazing flexibility of red blood cells
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Red blood cells must be flexible to squeeze through tiny capillaries to deliver oxygen. UC Berkeley chemists have now discovered the secret of this flexibility: a 2-D triangular mesh, like a geodesic dome, underlies the membrane, each strut made of the protein spectrin, which is like a spring allowing the mesh and membrane to bend and flex. Super-resolution microscopy revealed fine detail of the m

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