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Osteoclasts with Alien Hands

By Dr Stephen Nesbitt
Medicine_

Osteoclasts with Alien Hands : Osteoclasts are bone cells that resorb bone and, in part, regulate the skeleton's mass. The image shows a scanning electron micrograph osteoclasts (coloured yellow and red) attached to a mineralised matrix (coloured grey). The fine finger-like processes that project from the osteoclasts (alien hands) may provide a communication network between the cells in bone.



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