STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Cervical cancer cell, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Cultured cervical cancer cell, showing numerous blebs (round lumps) and microvilli (tiny hair-like structures) characteristic of cancer cells. The irregular surface structures cause changes in the adhesion properties and allow the cell to move. Cancer of the cervix (the neck of the uterus) is one of the most common cancers affecting women and can be fatal. Magnification: x4750 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.
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