Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of squamous cell carcinoma (cancer) cells from a human mouth. The many blebs (lumps) and microvilli (small projections) on the cells' surfaces are typical of cancer cells.

☤ MD ☞ ☆☆☆ Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of squamous cell carcinoma (cancer) cells from a human mouth. The many blebs (lumps) and microvilli (small projections) on the cells' surfaces are typical of cancer cells.

Blood clot. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a blood clot from the inner wall of the left ventricle of a human heart. Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are trapped within a fibrin protein mesh (cream). The fibrin mesh is formed in response to chemicals secreted by platelets (pink), fragments of white blood cells. Clots are formed in response to cardiovascular disease or injuries to blood vessels. Connective tissue (orange) is also seen.

Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a blood clot from the inner wall of the left ventricle of a human heart

Nerve bundle. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a freeze-fractured section through a bundle of myelinated nerve fibres. Myelin sheaths (yellow) can be seen surrounding the axons (blue). Perineurium (connective tissue, pink) surrounds the nerve bundle while endoneurium divides the individual fibres.

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a freeze-fractured section through a bundle of myelinated nerve fibres. Myelin sheaths (yellow) can be seen surrounding the axons (blue).

Fertilization. Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a sperm (blue) attempting to penetrate a human egg (orange).

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a sperm (blue) attempting to penetrate a human egg (orange). Actually, it takes a great number to weaken the outside of the egg enough for one to fertilize it.

Lung cancer cell division.  Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a lung cancer cell during cell division (cytokinesis). The two daughter cells remain temporarily joined by a cytoplasmic bridge (centre). Cancer cells divide rapidly in a chaotic, uncontrolled manner. They may clump to form tumours, which invade and destroy surrounding tissues.

This is a scanning electron micrograph (STEM), coloured by Steve Gscheissner, of a lung cancer cell dividing. The two daughter cells remain temporarily joined at the cytoplasmic bridge.

Bdelloidea are microscopic aquatic animals that are related to roundworms

Bdelloidea are microscopic aquatic animals that are related to roundworms, found in freshwater and moist soil. Interestingly, a male has never been observed within the species; females reproduce exclusively by parthenogenesis (without fertilization).

Fractal spiral - Cochlea from Inner Ear. Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of the inside of a guinea pig inner ear showing the hearing organ, or cochlea. Running along the spiral structure are rows of sensory cells which respond to different frequencies of sound. The whole organ is just a few millimeters long.

Cochlea from Inner Ear. Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of the inside of a guinea pig inner ear showing the hearing organ. The whole organ is just a few millimeters long.

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