Thursday, January 24, 2008

Cell to Hospital Analogy

There are many organelles in animal cells. The main organelle is the nucleus. I compared the nucleus to the hospital administration because the nucleus is the main core of the cell that handles everything, and the hospital administration handles everything that goes on in the hospital.

The nucleolus is the center of the nucleus, and it basically sends out all of the other organelles that work within the cell. I compared the nucleolus to the hospital's CEO, who is the main person in the administration. He rules the whole administration, thus ruling the hospital.

The cytosol is the main liquid, where all of the organelles are positioned. I compared this to the actual hospital building, because though the building is not a liquid, it is where all of the people are "positioned," or where they all work.

The centrioles are rings of 9 groups of microtubules. They are part of the cytoskeleton. They help make the cell expand. I compared this to the architects and builders who expand hospitals.

Centrosomes are made up of centrioles, and they are even bigger on cell expansion. I compared them to the planning committee that discusses expansion of the hospital, because they are ones who organize the expansion.

The cell's golgi transports important "packages" all around the cell, sending out important information. I compared this to the hospital's mail department, and the series of pneumatic tubes spread throughout the hospital, because the mail department is where things are packaged up to be sent out of the hospital, and the pneumatic tubes send things to other parts of the hospital.

The lysosome kills all of the bad bacteria so that it can't infect the cell. I compared this to the hospital incinerator, because the incinerator destroys all of the biohazard waste and things that could be harmful to the hospital community.

The peroxisome is the part of the cell that protects the cell from it's own harmful toxins. I compared this to the infection control department, because that is the department that enforces frequent handwashing and the wearing of masks and gloves to keep the hospital a place where people can recover, not catch more illnesses.

The secretory vesicle leaks secretions, or bad, but not harmful things from the cell. I compared this to the dumpsters and garbage men, who take all of the bad things from the hospital. The garbage is not harmful, but it's bad to keep inside the hospital.

The cell membrane protects the cell from bad things and lets helpful things in. I compared this to the hospital's outer walls and doors. There are also employee access doors in which only employees can enter.

The mitochondrian is the "power center" of the cell, and creates the cell's primary energy source. I compared this to the electricity, generators and backup generators of the hospital, because these are what power the hospital and give it its energy.

The vacuole releases the waste from the cell and cleans up the bad things. I compared this to the hospital's housekeeping staff, because they clean up all of the waste and dispose of the trash in the hospital.

The smooth endoplasmic reticulum plays all different roles depending on the type of cell. I compared this to the nurses in the hospital, because they do different things depending on which department they work in.

The rough endoplasmic reticulum houses the ribosomes. I compared this to the hospital rooms, because they house the patients and the doctors are often in them.

Ribosomes help aid proteins in amino acid chains. I compared this to the doctors, comparing the proteins to patients. The doctors aid the patients by giving them medicines and treatments.

The cell's cytoskeleton helps the cell maintain it's shape and is the cell's inside shape. I compared this to the hospital's inside walls because that is the inside of the hospital, and it keeps the hospital up.

Original picture drawn by Sammi Fisher