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Touring the microscopic worlds of the human body

Scientific illustrator Dee Breger specializes in creating images using a scanning electron microscope (SEM), which has an incredible level of magnification. In this recently posted TEDEducation video, Breger takes viewers on a tour of the hidden world inside the human body and offers close-up shots of a blood clot, the thyroid gland and neurons involved in memory. It's worth taking a moment to watch. (The dental plaque image alone will motivate you to take better care of your teeth.)

Previously: Cool video of the intestinal immune system, Exploring the microbes that inhabit our bodies and Video of innate immune reaction in the lymph node

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