You Learn Something New Every Day

Well, some days, anyway. Today I heard for the first time about something called “Blaschko’s lines”. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about them:

Blaschko’s lines, also called the Lines of Blaschko, named after Alfred Blaschko, are lines of normal cell development in the skin. These lines are invisible under normal conditions. They become apparent when some diseases of the skin or mucosa manifest themselves according to these patterns. They follow a “V” shape over the back, “S” shaped whorls over the chest, and sides, and wavy shapes on the head.

The lines are believed to trace the migration of embryonic cells. The stripes are a type of genetic mosaicism. They do not correspond to nervous, muscular, or lymphatic systems. The lines can be observed in other animals such as cats and dogs.

German dermatologist Alfred Blaschko is credited for the first demonstration of these lines in 1901.

Here’s what they look like. (Warning: NSFW.)

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2 Comments

  1. Kevin Kim says

    Hooray! So we all look like chocolate marble cake!

    Posted January 11, 2015 at 2:32 am | Permalink
  2. JK says

    Keeping to theme, yep,

    Something new everyday!

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    Posted January 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm | Permalink