Thu 11 Sep 2008

 

1.   This image of red blood cells is one of a series appearing in the book   Inside The Body: Fantastic Images from Beneath the Skin.

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 2.   Here the blood cells are traveling along a vein within the liver. The images are provided by the Science Photo Library.  

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3.   This bead-like structure with its projecting legs is a nerve cell. It sends signals and commands to and from the brain.  

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4.   This dirty-looking surface is actually a healthy tooth. The cells in the green layer produce enamel, which protects the tooth.  

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5.   A cross section of a piece of carpet? This is actually the small intestine where food is digested.

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6.   The surface of the tongue is rough due to these paillae, which contain the taste buds and send tactile information to the brain. 

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7.   The cells lining the stomach secrete a layer of mucus to protect against the acidic gastric juices.  

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8.   These crystals may look pretty, but the kidney stones they form can be extremely painful to pass through the urine. 

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9.   These match-like structures are found in the brain and secrete a substance that cushions the brain and spinal cord against shock. 

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10.   Rose petals scattered on a scarlet divan? This is actually the lining of the rectum

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