Blood is the crucial body fluid in humans and other animals. It delivers necessary factors such as nutrients and oxygen to cells and transports metabolic waste products away from those same cells. Due to its crucial function it is not only involved in daily functions as for instance the immune reaction, but is also a key connector to various infections and diseases.
Diseases and infections are part of ongoing research as viruses and parasites evolve over time. This often reaches in the area of immunology as well – the focus on how a body would defend itself. An example to study is the aggregation of various factors to a blood clot which will prevent the body from bleeding further. Here a combination of fibers and cells comes into play.
A scanning electron microscope is an easy tool to observe and discover various blood samples. From blood smears to blood clot in microfluidic systems, a broad variety of applications is feasible.