Big angry macrophage

Those of you who know anything about British popular culture will no doubt be familiar with Benny Hill. The Benny Hill Show was long-running and immensely popular—although it was often accused of being sexist, it was the men who were usually shown up to be idiots (admittedly in the presence of scantily clad females). Very intelligent and witty, the show’s trademark finish was a chase scene, to the tune “Yakety Sax”.

David Rogers, who died two years after Benny Hill, was a scientist and physician, interested in infectious diseases and medical education. He made a famous video of a big angry macrophage neutrophil chasing down and engulfing a Staph aureus bacterium.

Here, in honour of them both and all things Friday (and because I’m going on holiday now), is something that I hope amuses you. Watch out for the twist.

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3 Responses to Big angry macrophage

  1. Steve Caplan says:

    For the record, while macrophages/monocytes and neutrophils are both leukocytes, they are easily distinguishable…

    Ah, those structural biologists….

  2. rpg says:

    They all look the same to me.

  3. Excellent video never seen anything like it. The film Alien is stupid beside this video!

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