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Image of the Week: Scalded skin cells (updated)

[UPDATE: This entry has been corrected from a previous version, which attributed the skin cell damage shown below to sun exposure.]

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Today we celebrate the Fourth of July with an electron microscope image of sunburned skin cells from the blistered area of a burn (the result of spilled soup). It was created by Anne Weston, who works at a cancer research organization in London, and won a 2009 Wellcome Image Award.

Speaking of cutaneous calamities, Stanford Hospital recently posted a short video on skin care and protection featuring dermatologic surgeon Hayes Gladstone, MD. It might be worth a watch as we head into the heart of summer.

Photo by Wellcome Images
Via Popular Science

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