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Research Highlight #4: Macrophages in human development

Posted by on June 1st, 2020

Today we return our interest to human development, focusing on a special blood cell: the macrophage. Produced in multiple, stem cell-independent waves, macrophages colonize the developing foetus early on, forming several tissue-resident populations. This includes the microglia which are essential for brain and spinal cord development. In this paper, the authors looked into macrophage development[…]

ELLS Webinar: Neuronal cell death goes live – microglia as the guardians of the developing brain

Posted by on November 20th, 2013

Ever wondered how cells communicate with each other during brain development? What happens to cells which the body doesn’t need any longer? And how do scientists study the events that are going on inside the brain? In the upcoming ELLS Webinar, EMBL group leader Francesca Peri looks at the brain’s phagocyting cells – the microglia[…]