3 November 2011 (Thursday) - Rbc Morphology

ScienceDaily (Oct. 31, 2011) — Misshapen red blood cells are a sign of serious illnesses, such as malaria and sickle cell anemia. Until recently, the only way to assess whether a person's RBCs were the correct shape was to look at them individually under a microscope -- a time-consuming process for pathologists. Now researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have pioneered a technique that will allow doctors to ascertain the healthy shape of red blood cells in just a few seconds, by analysing the light scattered off hundreds of cells at a time.

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