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Nervous tissue, ventral horn of spinal cord

Arrows on this image of spinal cord indicate blood vessels.  The smallest vessels, including capillaries, are not noticeable at this magnification.

Note that a clear "halo" commonly appears around blood vessels (and also around cell bodies). 
This an artifact of histological preparation, resulting from tissue shrinkage when the central nervous tissue is fixed.

 


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Last updated:  7 February 2008 / dgk