Capillary Blood Flow in Frog WebNaked Science
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Sample clip showing “Blood Flow in the Frog Web” taken from the David Barlow Film Archive. Film category, Microscopy : Blood flow in the frog web.
Differential interference contrast microscopy (DIC), high magnification view of blood flowing in capillaries in the web of juvenile clawed toads. The dark spots are melanocytes. When expanded, these pigmented cells darken the skin which is otherwise transparent. Blood flow through the capillary bed can be regulated through muscles in the larger vessels. These can contract or dilate the vessel to slow down or speed up blood flow depending on external conditions.
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