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The Cell is like a Beehive

Busy as a Bee
by Al _Oha on 24 October 2012

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Transcript of The Cell is like a Beehive

The Cell is Like a Beehive by Eden Ines How is an animal cell like a beehive? An animal cell is composed of many parts that work together to survive. In the same way, there are many members that make up a beehive - each specializing in a specific area of expertise. If an animal cell was missing just one component or if a beehive lacked in a single element, the system would not be able to function and will eventually die. = Transportation Foraging bees are like the smooth endoplasmic reticulum of a cell. The smooth endoplasmic reticulum transports nutrients around the cell in the same way foraging bees gather nectar from flowers and bring it to and around the beehive. The Workers Ribosomes are similar to worker bees. Ribosomes are the organelles of the cell that assemble proteins. Likewise, worker bees labor to produce honey. The Perfectionist Wax bees are the bees that put the final details on storage cells that contain nectar ready to be fermented into honey. Wax bees do this by covering the storage cell with a layer of wax. In the same way, the Golgi apparatus puts the finishing touches on assembled proteins by packaging and modifying them. Clean Up Time Undertaker bees are like the lysosomes of a cell. Undertaker bees remove dead bees from the beehive in the same way lysosomes expel senescent organelles from the cell. The Storage Room Storage cells of a beehive store nectar and pollen collected by worker bees. Storage cells correspond to the vacuoles of a cell but instead of storing pollen and nectar, vacuoles store water, salts, proteins, and carbohydrates. An Energy Boost Pollen and nectar are like the mitochondria of an animal cell. Pollen and nectar provide nourishment and energy for the bees of a beehive. Similarly, mitochondria are the cell’s power source. A Strong Backbone The honeycomb of a beehive corresponds to the cytoskeleton of a cell. The honeycomb provides the structure and shape of the beehive in the same way the cytoskeleton gives the cell its shape and form. The Defensive Line The guard bees of a beehive are like the cell membrane of an animal cell. The guard bees defend the beehive from outside predators in the same way the cell membrane provides a barrier that protects the cell from potential invaders. Who's the boss? = The nucleus of a cell is like the queen bee of a beehive. The nucleus is the control center of a cell and stores the cell’s genetic information. Although the queen bee does not exactly command the other bees in the beehive, the queen bee is similar to the nucleus in that she stores the hereditary information needed for reproduction. = = = = = = = = The Queen Bee Foraging Bees Worker Bees Wax Bees Undertaker Bees Storage Cells Pollen and Nectar Honeycomb Guard Bees The Beehive The different parts that make up the cell are known as organelles. The queen bee is the only female bee that has reproductive capabilities. Foraging bees carry pollen in sack-like organs known as pollen baskets. There could be as many as 60,000 worker bees in a hive - all being female. Storage cells also store young honey bees. In conclusion, beehives are like cells in that they are composed of many members that work together as a whole in the same way cells consist of numerous organelles that each contribute to the survival of the cell. The End
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