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Into the Crypt.

Author name: 
Dr Janice Murray
Affiliation: 
University of Edinburgh
Description: 
This image, taken using a confocal microscope, details specialised structures located at the base of intestinal villi called The Crypts of Lieberkuhn. These finger-like projections house cells known as Paneth cells (pink and blue), which, by secreting antimicrobial substances, help to maintain a healthy gut environment.
Equipment used: 
Confocal microscope

Into the Crypt.

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