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Organelle Analogy: Car

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Jacklyn Quinit

on 9 October 2014

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Transcript of Organelle Analogy: Car

Nucleus-
Engine
Plays the role as the cell's "brain" as it plays essential roles in cell activities. The nucleus would be the engine in a car. It is in charge of allowing the car to move from place to place and keeps systems in the car going.
Lysosomes-
Spark Plugs
The lysosome of a cell's main purpose is to take in food and use it as energy. Spark plugs of a car are similar with how they use the gasoline and transfer it to be energy to keep the car functioning.
Ribosomes-
Gas

Ribosomes are the cell's protein factories. This compares to gas, because gas gives cars its source of energy.
Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum- Pipes
Rough endoplasmic reticulum receives and transports proteins. In cars, pipes transfer the gas throughout the car to keep the systems going. Therefore, the pipes are similar to the rough endoplasmic reticulum of a cell.
Organelle Analogy: Car
Jacklyn Quinit & Casey Ragsdale

Plasma Membrane-Body of Car
The plasma membrane serves as the boundary of the cell and makes up the cell's identity. This is similar to the body of the car due to how a car's appearance conveys the type of car it is.
Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum- Exhaust
The purpose of a smooth ER of a cell is to clean the cell and get rid of toxins. The exhaust pipe of car compares to this as it removes carbon dioxide from the vehicle from the burned fossil fuels.
Golgi Apparatus- Electric Pump
The golgi apparatus packages and sorts proteins. It also transports lipids around the cell and creates lysosomes. This compares to an electric pump with the way the pump functions as a transporting system for the electric waves.
Mitochondria - Battery
The mitochondria is the "powerhouse" of the cell. It creates molecules rich in energy for the cell. The battery provides energy for a car, for without it, the car would not be able to work.
Vacuole- Trunk
The vacuole of a cell is an enclosed compartment formed by the fusion of multiple membrane vesicles. The vacuole compares to the trunk of a car with the way the size of the vacuole is dependent on the type of cell and its needs. This goes hand in hand with the way the trunk of a car varies sizes the shapes based upon what the car functions as.
Cytoplasm- Car's Base
The cytoplasm offers support for the cell, and gives the cells its shape. This compares to a car's base with the way the base shapes and supports the car allowing protection for the passengers.
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