SEM of a cross-section through the cochlea, false colored to reveal the distinct functional units of the mammalian organ for hearing: mechanosensory hair cells (blue), supporting cells (pink), and highly specialized extracellular matrix structures (ECM, green). Although all hair cells in the cochlea have similar organization and the same basic function, the broad range of sensitivity and exquisite frequency selectivity of each hair cell depends on its micromechanical properties and its relationship to the local architecture.

By Bechara Kachar, NIDCD/NIH

(Source: cell.com)

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