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A Big Blue Cell

What is this incredible object? Would it surprise you to learn that it is a human cell? The cell is actually too small to see with the unaided eye. It is visible here in such detail because it is being viewed with a very powerful microscope. Cells may be small in size, but they are extremely important for life. Like all other living things, you are made of cells.

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Cells are the basis of life, and without cells, life as we know it would not exist. You will learn more about these amazing building blocks of life when you read this section.

api/deki/files/17980/Chlamydomonas_TEM_02.jpg?revision=1&size=bestfit&width=328&height=257" />Figure (PageIndex3): An electron microscope produced this image of the structures inside a cell.