What is Skin For?

published 6 years ago by Neptune Studios

It surrounds us, itches, and flakes off everywhere. But What is Skin For?

This podcast is brought to you by science alert the Facebook page that connects engages and inspire science enthusiasts worldwide follow us at Facebook.com slash science alert or science alert.com. Uhhuh compared to the bony plates of an armadillo or the hard scales of a pangolin or even the tough leathery skin of an Indian elephant the thin layer of delicate epidermis that makes up our outermost covering may seem like pretty wimpy protection from the outside world accept all we have to do is take a closer look at our silky smooth skin to see that actually is a small patch of scaly armor those scales are made of the same heart protein called keratin as the scales of penguins and other animals of course hours are a lot thinner and therefore more fragile but that isn't normally a problem because we don't regularly need to survive fix our scales also don't have to be super durable because our body produces a brand new layer of tens of millions of them every day the giant never ending task of producing this armor is carried out by an equally giant and never ending army of skin cells in the underlying ...

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