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Looking Skin Deep

Tiny building blocks called cells make up your skin, and every other part of you. Thousands of cells surround every hair growing out of your skin. You can barely see the cells in the light purple area at the base of the growing hair below. To find the DNA, you'll have to look more closely at those skin cells.
Microscopic view 

of skin, with flashing hair added

Take a closer look.