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27.9 x 34.5 cm ⏐ 11.0 x 13.6 in (300dpi)
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Cilia. Computer graphic of a cross-section through bristle-like extensions called cilia which protrude from the surface of a cell. This type of cell surface is found, for example, in the human windpipe (trachea). Each cilium contains a bundle of parallel microtubules (tiny pink flame-like structures seen at the tip of each cilium) which originate from 'basal bodies' lying just inside the cell cytoplasm. Cilia perform a beating motion by sliding adjacent microtubules over each other. The function of cilia varies with cell type; some protozoa use cilia for locomotion; respiratory tract cilia help to keep the air passages clean. Magnification: x10,000 at 6x4.5cm size.
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