DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Astrocytic neuroglial cell (astrocyte) from the central nervous system (growing on the ciliated epithelial surface of the 3rd ventricle), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Astrocytes (also known as astroglia) are a type of neuroglial cell that provides support functions in the central nervous tissue and spinal cord. They perform a variety of tasks, from axon guidance and synaptic support, to the control of the blood brain barrier and blood flow. Magnification: x330 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.
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