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Photo of heart-shaped cell in blood clot wins contest

15:47 EDT 18 Aug 2017 | Cardiovascular Business

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A University of Leeds researcher won the British Heart Foundation’s 2017 photo contest with an image of a red blood cell that looked like a cartoon heart.

The photo was captured at 5,000 times magnification on an electron microscope, which Fraser Macrae was using to analyze a blood clot. Contracting fibers surrounding the blood cell had compressed it into the heart shape.

“I was amazed when I saw the blood cell which by chance had been squeezed into a heart shape,” Macrae told the Daily Mail. “As someone who is investigating aspects of heart disease, it seemed to be very symbolic.”

Read the full Daily Mail story and see Macrae’s photo, as well as others from the contest, here:

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