Artist: Ayo Sanusi

Laboratory: Eric Skaar

White blood cells are the soldiers of the body, defending against harmful pathogens, such as Staphylococcus aureus. The soldiers who have camouflage on are the more specialized and effective cells because they have low levels of calprotectin (a type of protein), meaning they are better equipped with stronger nets to fight against the pathogen.
However, the soldiers without camouflage represent the white blood cells with more calprotectin who are more generalized and likely to use a variety of options to kill bacteria. Because they expend resources into several bacteria-fighting weapons and not just one, they shoot smaller nets less capable of killing the pathogens as effectively as the first group of soldiers. Thus they are less able to protect their region of the body and have more of the staph pathogens to deal with.

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