Micro Life Zone
Asked by amyyy1 to Emma, Josie, Kristyn, Peter on 4 Sep 2013.
When cells die (become necrotic) they can look black. But living cancer cells generally look just like regular cells. This is a bit of a problem when surgeons try to cut cancer cells out of the body, it’s difficult to be sure whether they got it all.
Thankfully, there are all kinds of technology, like the Enose, that try to make it easier. (https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19926715.200-nasas-electronic-nose-could-sniff-out-cancer.html)
Not really, it depends on the type of cancer sometimes, so what cell type it is that had gotten out of control.
The blackness from the anti-smoking ads is due to the tar and smoke and other nasties inside the cigarettes that are being inhaled into the body.
But cancers can look just like the surrounding healthy tissue.
By BRIDGE8 under license from Mangorolla CIC 2021