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(io9)   Listen, and understand. That white blood cell is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead   (io9.com) divider line 29
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2014-06-18 03:35:41 AM
Yum, yum. Eat 'em up!
/obscure?
 
2014-06-18 04:58:19 AM
Am I the one who's impressed that a single cell has so much directional control?
 
2014-06-18 05:01:34 AM
bavatuesdays.com
 
2014-06-18 07:26:34 AM
My white blood cells are assholes who can't tell the difference between bacteria and the iris of my eyes. Stop eating my eyeballs, white blood cells, you racist jerks.

/they don't like brown things.
 
2014-06-18 07:34:34 AM
Use the force, Leukocyte.
 
2014-06-18 07:49:18 AM
When they kick in to overdrive, they can be quite formidable.
 
2014-06-18 07:51:53 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-06-18 08:05:26 AM

what_now: My white blood cells are assholes who can't tell the difference between bacteria and the iris of my eyes. Stop eating my eyeballs, white blood cells, you racist jerks.

/they don't like brown things.


Your white blood cells are republicans?
 
2014-06-18 08:25:18 AM
 
2014-06-18 08:46:53 AM
tiny feets!

/from the comments
 
2014-06-18 08:49:33 AM
So, when my white blood cells are on patrol reconnoitering my blood stream seeking out strangers and other undesirables, and if they see any, ANY, suspicious looking germs of any kind, THEY DON'T. fark. AROUND. They whip out the weapons, they wax the motherfarker and deposit the unlucky fellow directly into my colon! Into my colon. There's no nonsense! There's no miranda warning, there's none of that three strikes and your out bullshiat. First defense, BAM! Into the colon you go!

media.npr.org

/miss ya
 
2014-06-18 08:50:11 AM
Geek Tab headlines make me want to smash ALL the machines
 
2014-06-18 09:06:45 AM
videogamecritic.com
 
2014-06-18 09:16:18 AM
The video makes the white blood cell look willful.
 
2014-06-18 09:35:28 AM
The old medtech in me was more interested in the RBCs; a fair amount of them look crennated.  Wonder if this was a sample from a sickle-cell patient.
 
2014-06-18 09:45:33 AM

bearded clamorer: [bavatuesdays.com image 800x340]


Yeah .. just where I went,
 
2014-06-18 09:46:04 AM

yakmans_dad: The video makes the white blood cell look willful.


Cellular evolution has gone on a lot longer than multicellular evolution.  Your mammal brain is an absolutely primitive construct compared to your cells.
 
2014-06-18 10:04:04 AM
As someone whose own WBCs attacks her body, I say this after years of study, visits with rheumatologists and infectious disease specialists (including those at prestigious hospitals), taking a myriad of different meds to control it (both the primary disease and other things that happened on top of it over the years), including currently the much-loathed methotrexate,

fark YOU, LUPUS.

*ahem*

Sorry. Back to your regularly scheduled thread.

/didn't read the article
//saw WBC in the headline and felt stabby
///whew, got that off my chest
 
2014-06-18 10:09:44 AM

Anastacya: As someone whose own WBCs attacks her body, I say this after years of study, visits with rheumatologists and infectious disease specialists (including those at prestigious hospitals), taking a myriad of different meds to control it (both the primary disease and other things that happened on top of it over the years), including currently the much-loathed methotrexate,

fark YOU, LUPUS.

*ahem*

Sorry. Back to your regularly scheduled thread.

/didn't read the article
//saw WBC in the headline and felt stabby
///whew, got that off my chest


Have you considering curing lupus with AIDS?
 
2014-06-18 10:10:36 AM

Kevin72: Yum, yum. Eat 'em up!
/obscure?


An old Atari game by chance?
If so, kudos to you!

If not... well, I definitely never, ever saw that!
 
2014-06-18 10:13:03 AM

ikanreed: Anastacya: As someone whose own WBCs attacks her body, I say this after years of study, visits with rheumatologists and infectious disease specialists (including those at prestigious hospitals), taking a myriad of different meds to control it (both the primary disease and other things that happened on top of it over the years), including currently the much-loathed methotrexate,

fark YOU, LUPUS.

*ahem*

Sorry. Back to your regularly scheduled thread.

/didn't read the article
//saw WBC in the headline and felt stabby
///whew, got that off my chest

Have you considering curing lupus with AIDS?


Haha, you know years ago I actually joked about that? Then a few months ago there was an article floating around saying that it worked? I can't be arsed to find it atm. But yea, I have had that thought.
 
2014-06-18 10:32:27 AM

yakmans_dad: The video makes the white blood cell look willful.


Nah, just aggressively programmed - which, to me, is more frightening. You can reason with anything that has will. This thing doesn't have will. Or doubt. Or remorse. It simply attacks anything that doesn't have the proper antigens, and will either destroy it or die trying. Period.

The sad part is that, because of that aggressive programming, if your cells don't produce the proper antigens, well, your own cells are just as victimized as that poor bacterial bastard.
 
2014-06-18 10:34:15 AM

NEPAman: The old medtech in me was more interested in the RBCs; a fair amount of them look crennated.  Wonder if this was a sample from a sickle-cell patient.


Noticed that too, eh? I'd written it off as damage (the video was made within a fresh blood sample), but, I'm no scientist.
 
2014-06-18 10:51:20 AM

FormlessOne: The sad part is that, because of that aggressive programming, if your cells don't produce the proper antigens, well, your own cells are just as victimized as that poor bacterial bastard.


Autoimmune diseases suck.  And we have a lot of them.
 
2014-06-18 11:10:02 AM

Khellendros: FormlessOne: The sad part is that, because of that aggressive programming, if your cells don't produce the proper antigens, well, your own cells are just as victimized as that poor bacterial bastard.

Autoimmune diseases suck.  And we have a lot of them.


Speaking of which, I was just watching the Doctor Who episode, "Let's Kill Hitler", that featured his first meeting with River Song and a "robot" packed with miniaturized people, all of which wore little bracelets so that the automated security drones in the "robot" wouldn't kill them.

I now keep picturing white blood cells cruising my vascularity, cheerfully chirping "You will experience a tingling sensation, and then death" every time one snags an interloper.
 
2014-06-18 11:16:42 AM

FormlessOne: yakmans_dad: The video makes the white blood cell look willful.

Nah, just aggressively programmed - which, to me, is more frightening. You can reason with anything that has will. This thing doesn't have will. Or doubt. Or remorse. It simply attacks anything that doesn't have the proper antigens, and will either destroy it or die trying. Period.

The sad part is that, because of that aggressive programming, if your cells don't produce the proper antigens, well, your own cells are just as victimized as that poor bacterial bastard.


There's a strong future in learning how to make those cells do what you want them to. We've come a long way, but it frequently feels like we're just paddling in the shallow end of what's possible. Immunotherapy has a really weird risk:reward ratio sometimes.

/Anybody spare some funding?
//*cough*
 
2014-06-18 12:02:34 PM
I had the sound down watching that video but in my head:
uploads.neatorama.com
 
2014-06-18 12:09:14 PM

GermTheory: Same video but with sound:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2i3cEar60I


Came for this.
 
2014-06-18 01:02:28 PM

FacetiouslyYours: Kevin72: Yum, yum. Eat 'em up!
/obscure?

An old Atari game by chance?
If so, kudos to you!

If not... well, I definitely never, ever saw that!


It was the "Wild man from Borneo" on a Little Rascals episode.
 
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