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Soft Matter. 2013 Jan 7;9(1):28-37.

Continuum- and particle-based modeling of shapes and dynamics of red blood cells in health and disease.

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Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA.

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We review recent advances in multiscale modeling of the mechanics of healthy and diseased red blood cells (RBCs), and blood flow in the microcirculation. We cover the traditional continuum-based methods but also particle-based methods used to model both the RBCs and the blood plasma. We highlight examples of successful simulations of blood flow including malaria and sickle cell anemia.

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