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Skin Layers and Organ Anatomy: Follow a skin cell’s journey! | Virtual Lab

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Skin Layers and Organ Anatomy: Follow a skin cell’s journey!
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About This Simulation

Join our scientists in the Anatomy and Physiology Lab on an exciting journey through human skin layers! Discover the incredible differentiation power of your skin cells and figure out how hair can be both decoration and protection at the same time.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the cell types and layers of the epidermis
  • Detail the terminal differentiation of keratinocytes and relate this to skin layer formation
  • Relate the structural components of the dermis to their function

About This Simulation

Level:
Higher Education
Length:
22
Min
Accessibility Mode:
Available
Languages:
English
Spanish

Lab Techniques

No lab techniques are listed for this simulation.

Related Standards

University:
  • Early Stage Bachelors Level
  • EHEA First Cycle
  • FHEQ 6
  • SCQF 10
  • SCQF 9
  • US College Year 1
  • US College Year 2
  • US College Year 3
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No lab techniques are listed for this simulation.

Learn More About This Simulation

What secrets are hidden under your body's biggest organ? In this simulation, you will learn about the two main parts of your skin - the epidermis and the dermis. Discovering their secrets will help you understand why we need this adaptive and incredibly flexible protective coat, together with its many structural components like hair, nails, and sweat glands.

Layers of the epidermis

Jump into an animation and discover the variety of cells that make up five layers of the epidermis. Observe newborn keratinocytes, a type of skin cell, on their journey to the upper skin layer, where they are eventually shed off. Find characteristic features of each layer that facilitate skin functions and confirm that melanin has a more important role than just giving us our dashing skin color.

Keratinocyte transformation in skin layers

Follow the primary skin cell, keratinocyte, on its journey through layers of the epidermis – from a newborn keratinocyte in stratum basale up to old and keratin-rich corneocyte in stratum corneum! Observe how the cell transforms and determine what additional structures or compounds it will require on this dangerous quest to the upper-most layer of skin. Will it reach its destination or fail spectacularly in the depths of stratum granulosum?

Structural components of the dermis

After familiarizing yourself with the epidermis, you will discover what specialized structures are embedded in the dermis. Does sweating play a significant role in keeping our body healthy? Try matching the structural components of the dermis (hair, nerves, capillaries, oil, and sweat glands) with their functions. Maybe walking around with greasy hair is not that bad for your skin?

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