Elastic Fibers in the Human Body

Elastic Fibers in the Human Body

I feel like histology is not only a professional field of study but an art form. It takes a series of different arts to make Human skin look like rope strands holding everything together. Elastic fibers help all different parts of the body bend and flex without breaking. Why then do we age? Could we do quantitative and qualitative tests on elastic fibers at different stages of life? They have so many functions and are found in so many areas in and around the body. I have questions about what elastic fibers look like in people who are 40 verses 10 and 80. Are there more or less? Are they thicker, denser, softer or harder. Do they dry out, become brittle or turn into scar tissue when damaged. I’m sure there are researchers who are in the middle of answering many of these questions. Maybe a pathologist already knows. What do you think?
These pictures are the same skin tissue taken at different powers 10x, 20x, 40x. The elastic fibers are the black thread like structures.

One thought on “Elastic Fibers in the Human Body

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s