Lung lining, SEM

Lung lining, SEM

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Caption: Lung lining. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of mucus-producing cells (green, round) and cilia (blue) lining a bronchus (lung airway). Mucus secreted here traps bacteria, dust and other particles. Rhythmic movements of the cilia serve to move the mucus and the trapped particles away from the gas-exchanging parts of the lung, and towards the throat, where they can be expelled. Magnification: x8,500 when printed at 10 centimetres tall.

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