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Cell Analogy: Plant Cell vs Computer

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Parjanya Parikh

on 4 October 2013

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Cell Analogy: Plant Cell vs Computer
Computer vs Plant Cell

For my cell analogy I am comparing the plant cell to an average computer. Plant cells have organelles that support and function in their own unique way. Computers, on the other hand also have different functioning software. The organelles all protect and provide aid to the cell. Software on the computer keep viruses away and provide directions.
Cell Wall vs Protective Screen
Cell wall has a function of protecting the cell by
being tough and rigid.The computer screen on the other hand, also protects the inside of the computer because of the hard structure and shape. They both protect the cell/computer from its external environment.
Nucleus vs CPU
Endoplasmic Reticulum
vs Libraries in Desktop

The analogy to the endoplasmic reticulum are the libraries in the desktop. The endoplasmic reticulum transports food to different parts of the body while the libraries send documents to different folders.
Cytoplasm vs the PC(personal computer)
Cytoplasm is what helps maintain the shape of the cell and holds all the organelles. The PC is an analogy for cytoplasm. They both have a common function. The PC holds everything together and provides support to the internal part of the computer. It holds the CPU, hard drive, RAM and etc.
Chromosomes vs RAM
Chromosomes is an organelle that carries the genetic information of a cell. The analogy for that would be the Random Access Memory (RAM). The RAM provides only a short-term memory storage that is easily accessible through the CPU. Chromosomes keep the genetic information, but just only in the same format as the RAM. The information on the RAM will go away after the computer is turned off, and that allows more storage.
A cell membrane is a thin covering that controls what goes in and comes out. The computer start log in is that, it prevents anything important from going out or going in. In a plant cell, the cell wall is on the outer side while the membrane is on the inner. A similar concept to the computer: protective layer outside and computer log in is inside.
Cell Membrane
Computer Log in
Nucleus is the brain of the cell. It is where the cell and its organelles are controlled from. It controls all the activities of it, such as growth. It is the same as a human brain telling or controlling our body on what to do. The CPU (central processing unit) is also the same as the brain of the computer. It controls its activities and is a processing unit. It is where the computer is controlled from.
Nucleolus is within the nucleus and it produces ribosomes. The analogy for it is the controller which is the user, mouse and the keyboard because that is what we are using to actually use the whole computer. Nucleolus produce thousands of ribosomes but the controller use it to make all different things. Such as, slide shows documents, articles and etc.
Nucleolus vs Controller
Chloroplast vs Power Adapter
Chloroplast is what gives plants its green color. The analogy for that would be the power adapter for the computer. Chloroplast makes energy available for the plant cells by altering trapped light into a chemical energy. The power adapter makes energy available by saving the battery pack from using all its power and it converts the electricity.
Golgi Apparatus
vs Computer Buses
The Golgi apparatus carries out proteins generated in the endoplasmic reticulum. These deflated balloon shaped organelle processes and packages proteins. The computer buses is pathway for electrical signals to pass to another component. The Golgi apparatus and the computer bus have very similar functions because they both process something.
Nuclear Membrane vs Metal Casing for CPU
Nuclear membrane is what regulates substances going in and out of the cell and is between the nucleus and cytoplasm. It surrounds the nucleus and has two layers. A CPU- as mentioned before- is the nucleus. Nuclear membrane surrounds the nucleus and the metal case surrounds the CPU and protects it from any damage because of how frail and delicate it is.

Ribosomes vs Transistors

Ribosomes are very small organelles that produce protein. An analogy for ribosomes would be the transistors in a computer. There are millions of transistors in a computer. Transistors improve the function and durability of an electronic, such as the computer.
Mitochondria vs Battery Pack
Mitochondria is an organelle that fuels the cell's activities and is the similar to the powerhouse of the cell. It produces energy for different for parts of the body through chemical reaction. The battery pack on a computer is what makes the computer turn on. It provides energy by powering the computer. They both have similar functions because they both fuel the cell/computer.
Vacuoles vs Recycle Bin
The vacuole's job is to remove harmful wastes that are threats to the cell and stores toxic wastes in a sac. The recycling bin stores unwanted items in there. They might not be threats but they are things that are no needed just like in a vacuole.
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