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‘Cellular backpacks’ attached to white blood cells that target inflammation in the body can provide therapy and relief for a host of conditions

is a normal and often beneficial response to injury or infection. The swelling, heat and even pain are the ’s attempts to protect its soft tissue, remove offending objects, substances or microbes and initiate healing. However, is often indicative of more serious and can lead to problems of its own, including impaired healing, loss of function or even tissue death.

Disc-Shaped Microparticles
Disc-shaped microparticles use monocytes to get to their destination.
Credit:Peter Allen Illustration


University of California – Santa Barbara