Inked mice hint at how tattoos persist in people

Immune cells pass pigment from one generation to the next

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TAIL TATS  When researchers tattooed mouse tails, the only cells found with ink inside were macrophages. The tattoo appeared the same before (left) and after (right) ink-holding macrophages were killed, because it was recaptured by new macrophages.

A. Baranska et al/J. Expt. Med. 2018

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