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Contact: Liz Ahlberg
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

RBC Membrane Fluctuation

Caption: This is a map of membrane fluctuations in a normal red blood cell, on average up to 50 nanometers. Measuring these fluctuations over time, Illinois researchers found that the membranes stiffen as they age, which impedes the cell's function.

Credit: Gabriel Popescu

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