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36.6 x 34.8 cm ⏐ 14.4 x 13.7 in (300dpi)
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Macrophage. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of a macrophage, part of the body's immune response system. This is a solitary type of cell which engulfs and devours (by a process known as phagocytosis) invading microorganisms throughout the body. The projections on the cell's surface help the macrophage to fasten onto its prey. Macrophages a type of white blood cell which are found outside the bloodstream, mainly in connective tissue. If an infection occurs, by bacteria entering a wound for example, macrophages migrate to the site of infection and ingest the bacteria. Magnification: x2,741at 6x6cm size. Magnification: x4,160 at 4x4 inch size.
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