Hair shaft, light micrograph

Hair shaft, light micrograph

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Caption: Hair shaft, differential interference contrast light micrograph. The outer layer of a hair shaft (the cuticle) has overlapping scales of keratin. These are thought to be important in preventing matting of the hair. Hair is made up of the protein keratin, formed from the living root embedded in the skin. As the keratin is produced, the hair shaft forms and is pushed outwards. Magnification: x1000 when printed at 10 centimetres across.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, biological, biology, cell, close-up, cuticle, dermatological, dermatology, detail, dic, differential interference contrast, hair, healthy, histological, histology, human body, keratin, light micrograph, light microscope, lm, normal, shaft, tissue

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