Nasal lining, TEM

Nasal lining, TEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Nasal lining. Transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a section through cilia (green) covering the epithelial lining of the nasopharyx, the part of the throat behind the nasal cavity. Cilia are microscopic hair-like structures that are covered with a sticky mucus, and trap dust and other inhaled particles. Co-ordinated wave-like beating of the cilia propels the mucus backwards towards the throat, where it is swallowed. Also seen are microvilli (blue), which increase the cell's surface area. Magnification: x6000 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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