Breast cancer cell, SEM
- Anne Weston, Francis Crick Institute
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False-coloured scanning electron micrograph of a single breast cancer cell from a cultured cell line. The ruffles visible on the surface of the cell are blebs, local bulges which form in the plasma membrane when it temporarily detaches from the underlying cytoskeleton. Cell blebbing is important for a variety of cellular processes including cell movement and cell division. Width of image is 20 micrometres.