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Slipper-Shaped Blood Cells

Caption: The motion and shape of red blood cells depends on the flow environment. (Top) The shape of a red blood cell at rest is symmetric, with both sides of the membrane concave. (Bottom left) The velocity profile of the fluid that carries the cells through a blood vessel is assumed to have a symmetric parabolic shape. (Bottom right) The simulated shapes of the cells as a function of the surrounding flow velocity and their reduced area. Under some conditions, the cells tend to form asymmetric shapes.

Credit: Illustration: Carin Cain

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