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Cell Analogy to a Prison

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milan heck

on 23 January 2015

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Cell Analogy to a Prison

Warden/head security: The nucleus controls the functions of the cell and monitors all that happens inside. It is located in the center of the cell, protected by various membranes and surrounded by the organelles. Just like the warden of a jail or the head security system, who must keep order in the jail and manage the prisoners and guards.


Powerhouse of the jail cell: The Mitochondria is an organelles inside the cell that produces energy by breaking down the nutrients, similar to a digestive system. In majority of prisons and jail environments, there are gang situations involved. With most gangs, there is the main leader or “powerhouse”. In a gang, the leader gives order to other gang members, like the Mitochondria gives energy to the cell.


Outer wall: The membranes/outer walls in a cell are used to separate the various organelles, and monitor what goes in and out of various areas. Phospholipids and proteins make up the structure of the membrane. The main idea of a prison is containment, so its obviously necessary for some form of divider to be put in place. The membrane is just like the Outer Wall of a prison, as it keeps all the “organelles” (ie: Guards, Prisoners, etc.) inside of it.

Outer Wall (Membrane)

Inmate Classification: In all prisons exists the system of inmate classification. What this does, is divides all inmates into the appropriate care system. Depending on inmates sentence or criminal record, they may be placed in a different prison ward or be put into a different correctional program. Like the Golgi Body, this system distributes inmates to their proper area. The Golgi Apparatus's function is to send out vesicles (which are made of bunches of smaller molecules) to the various parts of the cell. In our case, vesicles are like the groups of prisoners going to their assigned ward.

Golgi Body/Apparatus

Jail cells: Cytoplasm is the thick liquid in a cell that contains and suspends all the organelles inside, with the exception of the nucleus (the nucleus is suspended in nucleoplasm). The jails cells inside a prison are used to contain the inmates, and are the primary dwelling space for the. Except for the nucleus (Or in this case the Warden) who is excluded from this.


Gangs: Like said previously, majority of prisons have various accounts of gang activity and formation. The Endoplasmic Reticulum distributes two different components, fats and ribosomes (very closely related to the Golgi Apparatus). Its similar to gangs in a prison because its almost like the social divider that's splits up prisoners and compels them to become one with a group (fats or ribosomes). From then on, the prisoners are dispersed into the gangs, which generally part ways from one another.

Endoplasmic Reticulum

Prisoners: The cell needs proteins to function, just like the jail needs prisoners to actually be a functioning institution. The inmates are like the ribosomes of a cell, producing what the prison needs to function. The inmates are also similar to the ribosomes/proteins, as they are continuously circulating and being distributed throughout the different areas. The Golgi Body (Or in the case of a prison the Inmate Classification System) distributes the protein, or the prisoners.


Releasing of Prisoners: The prisoners are only held inside the jail or institutions for one sole reason; because they have a purpose of being there. When their sentence is over, or they no longer need to be held in the care of the institution they are released. They no longer serve a purpose of being there, so they are released, just like the Lysosomes breaks down and flushes out the unneeded material/waste.


Guards: The guards are a very important component of a prison or jail. They serve to oversee the placement of everything , and move/sort out manners if they don’t fall into place. This is just like the Microtubules, as their main function is to move various organelles throughout the cell and see that they get to where they’re needed. Along with moving around the various organelles, the microtubules also act as building material for the cytoskeleton.


Supports walls/Building material: The vacuoles act as storage bubbles that hold nutrients like water or food. Along with storage, they also act as a building material inside the cell. Without building material, in any type of structure (In this case a prison) its impossible to actually create the structure. The vacuoles in a cell are basically the storage units that the cell needs to survive. Without building material in a prison, the walls, cells, and entire structure could not be created.

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