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Coloured SEM of a section through a hair follicle

Coloured SEM of a section through a hair follicle

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STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Hair follicle. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a cross-section through a hair follicle below the skin surface. At upper centre is a shaft of hair (green) surrounded by the epidermis (red), the upper layer of skin. The epidermis is surrounded by the dermis, the lower skin layer. Hair is made up of a fibrous protein called keratin. The hair shaft is covered with overlapping keratin scales or plates (as seen) which are thought to prevent hairs from matting together. Magnification unknown.

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