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Red blood cells are thicker on the edges and thinner in the center, consequently they look paler in the center when viewed under a microscope. This somewhat odd cross-sectional shape is beneficial to the cells and allows them to deform more easily to pass through capillaries that have a narrower diameter than the un-deformed red blood cell so that the cell can move through the capillary delivering its load of oxygen and picking up the waste CO2 from the cells along the capillary.

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