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The Cell As Soccer Team

a: Cell ~
b: soccer team

What: The linked video associates a soccer team with the working of a Eukaryotic cell. For example the coach is the nucleus and the different players are like the different organelles and their respective functions. It has clever graphics also.

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Writer: AMANI AND SAM VANG
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Date: Dec 31 2012 6:23 PM


Or A Prison

a: Cell ~
b: Criminal Rehabilitation Center

What: There are many associations. For example: "Golgi apparatus - The golgi apparatus is like the station at the prison where those about to be released get their hair cut, a shave, a shower, and a suit. They can't go out and become members of society looking like prisoners." There many more comparisons between a cell and a prison in the linked *.doc file.

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Writer: Mary Eddy
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Date: Oct 24 2013 7:08 PM



a: cell ~
b: car

What:

"Imagine a cell is like a car. The goal of antibacterials, antibiotics, alcohol, etc. is to disable that car. There are two basic ways to disable the car, delicate and brute force. You could, for example, cut the ignition wire so the car wont start, but a manufacturer can move the wire someplace so you cant see it. This is how antibiotics work, they target specific parts of a cell, and sometimes cells can hide these parts."

"The other way to disable a car, however, is to just blow it the fuck up. Sure the manufacturer can put armor on it, but at the end of the day a big enough explosion is gonna get the job done, however, you're going to have collateral damage. This is how alcohol and fire work, they obliterate everything, there is no way for a cell to adapt to them any more than you can adapt to surviving an explosion. For this same reason, however, we can't use these methods internally because they cause too much collateral damage. Would injecting ethanol into your blood stream kill bacteria? Probably, but it will kill a whole lot of other important cells first."


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Writer: Christmas_Pirate
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Date: Feb 8 2016 7:15 PM


A Eukariotic Cell Is Like A Prison

a: A cell ~
b: a prison

What: "The Cell wall is similar to the bricks that make up the outside of a prison. It protects and supports the inside of the building, just like a cell wall does for the inside of a cell." The link is to a whole discussion of how a cell is like a prison. I'm not too sure, which student population this will resonate with. Definitely not ones from good neighborhoods.

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Writer: Mr. Overlin
LCC: QP
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Date: Nov 27 2011 4:34 PM


A Cell As A Bag

a: A cell ~
b: a bag

What: "A cell cannot grow indefinitely in volume as it is limited by a plasma membrane. If it continues to increase in size, it will burst. In other words, a cell is like a bag which can carry a particular amount of things and weight. If you continue to add things, it can rupture." This idea should be extended a bit. A cell is sorta like a round water balloon. It can swell and is somewhat malleable, but if you hit it too hard the outer membrane will break and all the water spills.

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Writer: Dr. Sarita Kumar
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Feb 4 2012 3:44 PM


A Cell As Highschool

a: A cell ~
b: a high school

What: The presentation associations a cell with high school. This is one of the better associations out there. Most kids can relate to this because they have first hand experience with the dynamics of high school. The jump to understanding a cell intellectually manageable.

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Writer: Anders Newgard
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Date: Feb 4 2012 3:56 PM


A Cell As Restaurant

a: A cell ~
b: restaurant

What: If a eukaryotic cell is a restaurant, then the nucleus is the owner, 'cause he's in control. The ribosomes are like the chiefs,'cause they put together the food based on a recipe while the ribosomes put together a proteins based on a DNA recipe.

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Writer: Lashon Bushart
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Date: Feb 4 2012 4:10 PM


The Confluence Of Nascar And Immunology

a: T cell ~
b: a stock car racing through the bloodstream

What: "A good analogy for this is stock car racing. If a T cell is like a stock car racing through the bloodstream and tracking down bacteria, the professional antigen presenting cells are the pit crew. The car pulls into the pit, and it is "activated" by the crew-presented with new tires and everything it needs to go racing back out on the track. For the pit crew to work, of course, it needs the right kind of tires." The link is a very informed discussion of this subject.

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Writer: Jason Socrates bardi
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Date: Jan 10 2014 6:03 PM



a: T cell ~
b: a quarterback

What:

"The T cell is like a quarterback, interpreting the enemy's composition and signaling other cells to get into action. B cells eliminate enemies that exist outside of cells, such as viral organisms, which may have multiplied inside a normal cell and broken out and are now on the prowl for new healthy cells."


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Writer: Dr. Allan Bruckheim
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Date: Jan 10 2014 6:05 PM



a: T cell ~
b: sniper

What: "Antibodies are like a fence, but a T-cell is like a sniper fighting off infections," Bramson explained.""While there may be something wrong with the fence in older people, the research shows that the sniper is still very much intact."

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Writer: Jonathan Bramson
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Date: Jan 10 2014 6:03 PM



a: T cell ~
b: music conductor

What:

"HIV infects a specific type of white blood cell, called a T-cell, T for thymus, a gland. It is sometimes known as a helper cell."...

"The function of the T-cell is like a music conductor, that tells other white blood cell what to do. "


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Writer: Dr Who
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Date: Jan 10 2014 6:09 PM



a: T cell ~
b: specially trained detective

What:

"Each T lymphocyte, or T cell, is like a specially trained detective. The T cell examines the evidence that is exposed by the APC. When specific T cells come into contact with the ragweed pollen fragment on the APC and recognize it as foreign, an army of specialized T cells called "helper" cells (actually TH2 cells) is activated, thus releasing chemicals (cytokines) that stimulate B lymphocytes. B lymphocytes produce IgE antibodies that bind to the allergens (such as the pollen fragment). "


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Writer: Beranda
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Date: Jan 10 2014 6:07 PM



a: T cell ~
b: cop

What:

"Basically, the scientists have discovered a protein (EAT-2) that makes a very important part of your immune system lazy. Imagine the NK/T-cell is like a cop, the EAT-2 protein is a doughnut, and herpes is a career criminal on the loose. A cop who eats too many doughnuts isn't going to be very good at chasing down a sneaky criminal... But if you can keep the cop from eating the doughnuts -- by destroying the Krispy Kreme factory or just hijacking the doughnut truck -- the cop is a lot more likely to be in the kind of shape that will allow him to track down and arrest the criminal."


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Writer: Grr. Argh
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Date: Jan 10 2014 6:08 PM



a: b-cell ~
b: tiny factory

What:

"Antibodies are made by white blood cells called B cells, and each individual B cell is like a factory that produces a unique antibody targeted to only one substance, just like every person is a unique individual."


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Writer: Howard L. Weiner, M.D.
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Date: Jan 10 2014 7:59 PM



a: fat cell ~
b: a balloon

What:

" The fat cell is like a balloon and when we let the contents out of the fat cell, it is like releasing the air out of the balloon and the balloon or fat cell diminishes in size. Therefore, our waistline, our saddlebags, our neck/bra/or arm fat shrink in size. "


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Writer: Jame Heskett M.D.
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Date: Feb 19 2014 4:02 PM


Training Your Fat Cells

a: fat cell ~
b: Ebenezer Scrooge

What:

"You could say the typical human fat cell is like Ebenezer Scrooge. It is very interested in increasing supply and very reluctant to let any go. If you try to demand or steal from Scrooge, it makes him even worse. This is exactly how your adipocytes respond when you start an intensive diet and exercise program. The point of the Dickensonian tale is useful for us. Scrooge can be persuaded to want to get along with everyone and share the wealth. The same can be done with fat cells."


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Writer: Dr. Theresa Nesbitt
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Date: Feb 19 2014 4:04 PM



a: Fat cell ~
b: a biologic battery

What:

"First, lets understand a fat cell: a fat cell is like a biologic battery - its function is to store excess energy and release it later when needed. Fat cells have two receptors, like an on and off button. The 'alpha' receptor responds to the body's excess insulin and sugar to promote fat storage. The beta receptor is stimulated during times of fasting, exercise and starvation to release the fat. In lipo-reduction, we want to block the alpha (block storage) and stimulate the beta (accentuate burning). The pharmaceutical and naturopathic medications in Mesotherapy lipo-reduction are used in combination to do exactly this process. "


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Writer: Dr. Nestor Torres
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Feb 19 2014 4:01 PM



a: fat cell ~
b: grape

What:

It like a grape when it expansive and like a raisin when it's looses it's mass.


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Writer: Not Stated
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Feb 19 2014 4:08 PM


A Round Protective Wall

a: Cell wall ~
b: gate outside a city

What: "The cell wall is like the gate around the outside of the city. This helps protect the cell and supports its shape. The cell wall will only let the citizens of the city in. It is kind of like the Country Club community, if you have a clicker, the gate opens easily, but if not, you can t enter."

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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: May 2 2013 10:47 AM


They Get Assaulted First.....

a: Cell wall ~
b: the Privates of an army

What: "Cell Wall protects the cell, and offers support. Ground Forces and Military Police offer support and protect the cell Cell wall is like the Privates of an army, because they offer support, and are the basic defense of a country just like a cell wall is the basic defense of a cell."

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Writer: brad
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Date: May 2 2013 10:49 AM



a: Cell wall ~
b: sweater

What: "A plant cell wall is like a sweater. Sort of. Dan Cosgrove plucks at his own sweater and laughs. "It's like a fabric …" He abandons the analogy with a shrug. "A plant cell wall is made of interlinking fibers, that's clear." It's a rigid wall, responsible for both the size and the shape of the cell. And yet it has to expand to let the plant grow."

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Writer: Dan Cosgrove
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Date: May 2 2013 10:50 AM


It Surrounds And Give Form To A Point...

a: Cell wall ~
b: the balloon in a water balloon

What: The cell wall is kinda like a the balloon in a water balloon. It surrounds and give form to a liquid center, the water. It can also expand and contract based on the amount of water in the balloon, but only so far. If there is too much water the balloon will explode. If there is little water the balloon will shrivel up to a small clump of rubber material.

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Writer: Lucretia
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: May 2 2013 11:06 AM


Pet Cells For Some Experiments

a: Cell line ~
b: having a pet

What: "I think, when he said having a cell line is like having a pet. You have to check them every morning, change their food every two or three days, keep them alive and happy... It will make taking time off a bit more difficult. Yet it is also somewhat magical, life: add medium, and you can just grow more of your experimental subjects."

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Writer: Markus
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Date: May 2 2013 11:13 AM



a: Cell body ~
b: the trunk of a tree

What: "The cell body is like the trunk of a tree from which the dendrite branches emerge."

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Writer: Elsa Lottor, Nancy Bruning
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Date: Feb 10 2014 3:30 PM



a: Cell body ~
b: the head of Bob Marley

What: "A basic, mulitpolar neuron is shaped, in my opinion, like Bob Marley laying on is back with his arms cut off. The dendrites stick out in a bunch of different directions like his dreadlocks, the cell body is like his head, the axon is like his body, and the axon terminal is like his legs/feet. "

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Writer: Meagan K
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Date: Feb 10 2014 3:37 PM



a: cell body ~
b: the power house of a neuron

What:

" The cell body is like the power house of a neuron,it contains the cells nucleus. Within the cell nucleus are mitchrondria- they break down the glucose being supplied to the neuron. Glucose provides neurons with enough energy to conduct an electrical impulse and get back to their resting state. Neurons use 2x more glucose than any other part of the body. "


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Feb 10 2014 3:33 PM



a: cell cycle ~
b: rodeo

What:

"I taught a lesson dreamed up by my mentor teacher Thursday in which the kids act out the process of cell division as a "rodeo." Imagine centriole cowboys lassoing a herd of chromatids and you have a sense of how it worked."


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Writer: kmanring
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Date: Jan 24 2014 8:41 PM



a: cell cycle ~
b: a life cycle

What:

"The cell cycle is like a life cycle. We talk about life cycles as from one generation to the next. Cell cycles are from one cellular generation to the next... in other words, the cell cycle is from when a cell is first born until it divides. Your textbook describes the cell cycle in section 5.1.4, and Figure 5-8 shows their depiction of the cell cycle. I have made my own figure of the cell cycle, and that is shown below. "


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Writer: Dawn A. Tamarkin, Ph.D.
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Date: Jan 24 2014 8:39 PM



a: Cell cycle ~
b: assembly line

What: "If cell growth, DNA replication, or spindle assembly is slowed down, the entire cell cycle slows. Thus, this type of cell cycle is like an ''assemblyline'' or ''succession of dominoes'' "

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Writer: James E. Ferrell, Jr
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Date: Jan 24 2014 8:47 PM



a: cell plate ~
b: extension of the cell wall

What:


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Writer: Not Stated
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Dec 15 2015 3:51 PM


Cells As Fusing Bubbles.....

a: Cell fusion ~
b: 2 soap bubbles coming together

What: "Cell fusion fusion is like the coalesce of 2 soap bubbles into one bigger bubble". From page 165 of the linked text.

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Writer: Arnold Glazier, MD
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Date: May 2 2013 11:17 AM



a: cell theory ~
b: a religion

What:

"The cell theory is like a religion because they both include beliefs and ideas."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Sep 20 2015 11:54 PM



a: cell theory ~
b: theory of gravitation

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Writer: Winterton Conway Curtis
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Date: Sep 20 2015 11:56 PM



a: cell growth ~
b: cruise control

What:

"Normal cell growth is like cell cruise control. Cell cruise control maintains a steady, orderly speed and never gets out of control."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Oct 19 2015 1:52 PM



a: cell nucleus ~
b: hard drive that contains the software

What:

"The cell membrane is the same as a computer chip with individual receptors as the keys on the keyboard. The cell nucleus is like the hard drive that contains the software. If you remove the floppy disk that installed the program, the computer still works and you can select which software program you want to use at the moment."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Feb 12 2014 12:58 PM



a: cell nucleus ~
b: a programmed factory for mRNA

What:

"According to Karp, the RNA polymerase is capable of adding 20 to 50 nucleotides per second to the growing mRNA chain. Electron microscope images suggest that there can be over a hundred RNA polymerases operating simultaneously. So the cell nucleus is like a programmed factory for mRNA with over 100 parallel assembly stations. Each station can build a 400 unit mRNA chain in 10 to 20 seconds."


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Writer: Rod Nave, Ph.D.
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Date: Feb 12 2014 12:54 PM



a: Cell nucleus ~
b: city hall

What: "I guess you could say the cell nucleus is like city hall in that it is the main information center of the cell. It controls most of the cell or "city" by sending out necessary information for the cell to function. Also, the nucleus or "city hall" governs what can be let in and out of the cell sort of like letting the gatekeepers know what can be let in and out of the city walls."

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Writer: Shannen L
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Date: Feb 12 2014 1:02 PM


Linker Histone As Archivist

a: Cell nucleus ~
b: an overcrowded archives

What: "The cell nucleus is like an overcrowded archives, with DNA and proteins wound and twisted into dense packages, called chromatin. Now a series of experimental results, including one reported in this issue (p. 614), is sketching a new picture of this archive and how a protein called the linker histone helps to manage it, by either granting or denying the cell's gene-regulating proteins access to particular sequences."

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Writer: Elizabeth Pennisi
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Date: Feb 12 2014 1:03 PM



a: cell biology ~
b: rock concert

What:

"Imagine a crowded rock concert. You are directly in front of the stage, but your cute date is stuck behind an enormous mass of moving people. As your date pushes and squeezes through the crowd, you worry about other attractive fans stealing your date's attention. Will your date make it through all those packed people? Believe it or not, this is an important question in cellular biology!"


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Writer: Silviya P. Zustiak, PhD
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Date: Feb 8 2015 8:43 PM



a: cell biology ~
b: surfing at the seaside

What:

"Work in cell biology is like surfing at the seaside. You get carried away on the crest of a wave and then drop when your ideas crash. Then what do you do? Like surfers you go out and try again! Although their actual work is often driven by the organisation paying them, deep down cell biologists are themselves driven by a curiosity about the nature of life."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Feb 8 2015 8:45 PM



a: cell surface ~
b: cobblestone

What:

Typically cell membranes have proteins mixed within their cell membranes, therefore a cell surface will be more bumpy than smooth, a cobblestone if you will.


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Writer: Not Stated
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Oct 29 2015 7:53 PM


Biological Cell Membrane

a: Cell membrane ~
b: a gated fence around a factory

What: This is a site for teaching simple concepts to younger children. This was one of the more "accurate" analogies that was floating around the web. In encompasses the dual nature of biological membranes found in most cells. They have a fence like quality for controlling water flow and thus giving structure to a cell. But they also have a gate like structure for allow certain molecules to pass in and out in a very controlled way.

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Writer: Not Stated
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Mar 20 2011 2:47 AM


And It Looks Good.

a: The cell wall ~
b: a tight Cotton sweater

What:

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Writer: Not Stated
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: May 2 2013 10:55 AM


The Dance Of The Surgar Plum Dna

a: Cell division ~
b: intricate dance

What: "Cell division is like a dance, where chromosomes have to follow a tight choreography. But like the best dancers, chromosomes sometimes make mistakes."

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Writer: Thoughtomics
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Date: May 2 2013 11:23 AM



a: Cell adhesion ~
b: a cell binds to another cell

What: "Cell adhesion is like a cell binds to another cell with specific molecules, a large family that is known as the cadherins."

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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: May 2 2013 12:52 PM


Another Cellualar Switch....

a: Cell receptor ~
b: kind of switch

What: "Each cellular receptor is like a kind of switch connected to a lock-and-key mechanism, similar to the ignition system for a car. Only the binding of a specific chemical to the receptor will trigger the molecular switch, just as a car will start only if the correct key is inserted into its ignition."

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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: May 14 2013 1:43 PM


Let The Car Drive Into The Cell, It Seems

a: Cell receptor ~
b: the garage door

What: "To imagine how glucose, insulin, and cell receptors work, think of your car. To park in your garage, you need a garage door and a garage door opener. Glucose is like your car, the cell receptor is like the garage door, and the insulin is like the opener"

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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: May 14 2013 1:46 PM


A Tunnel Maybe?

a: Cell receptor ~
b: tube

What: "A receptor is like a tube that protrudes outside and inside the cell membrane or membrane of the nucleus. A cell may have around 500 receptors or thousands" A trans-membrane protein it is.

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Writer: conradofontanilla
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Date: May 14 2013 1:50 PM


Catching The Molecular Ball

a: Cell receptor ~
b: a baseball glove

What: "The androgen receptor is important for our body's response to male hormones, such as testosterone and dihyodrotesteoserone. The receptor is like a baseball glove, and normally catches (I believe it is called "binds") androgens and then moves them to the nucleus, which is the main control center for the cell." ....

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Writer: Bruce
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Date: May 14 2013 2:06 PM


Many Buttons The Cell Surface...

a: Cell receptor ~
b: a button

What: "Each receptor is like a button that starts a different process in the machinery within the cell. HIV infects CD4 cells by attaching to a number of receptors on the surface of the cell, including a critical receptor called CCR5."

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Writer: Bruce L. Levine
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Date: May 14 2013 1:59 PM


Change The Channel Please....

a: Cell receptor ~
b: a remote control for a television set

What: "To study optic neuritis in a model, Smith is studying a chemical messenger (IL-23) which binds to a receptor or receiver on a cell. In simpler terms, the chemical messenger's relationship to a receptor is like a remote control for a television set. The receptor signals the cell to tell it what to do and then Smith tests the outcome."

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Writer: Alan Smith
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Date: May 14 2013 2:01 PM


I Think They Found Her....

a: Cell receptor ~
b: a beautiful but remote lady

What: "To most of the modern pharmacologists the receptor is like a beautiful but remote lady. He has written her many a letter and quite often she has answered the letters. From these answers the pharmacologist has built himself an image of this fair lady. He cannot, however, truly claim ever to have seen her, although one day he may do so" Written in 1964.

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Writer: D. K. deJongh
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Date: May 14 2013 2:13 PM



a: Cell adhesion ~
b: a cell binds to another cell

What:

"Dietmar Schreiner, postdoctoral researcher, and Joshua A. Weiner, assistant professor of biology at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Biology Interface, writing on the topic of cell adhesion. Cell adhesion is like a cell binds to another cell with specific molecules, a large family that is known as the cadherins."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Dec 31 2013 8:25 PM



a: Cell membrane ~
b: banana peel

What:


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Jan 1 2014 11:58 AM


Science

a: cell membrane ~
b: wall and gate

What:

they both let in things that they want and keep things that they dont want out


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Writer:
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Nov 3 2014 10:20 PM



a: Cell division ~
b: photocopy of the entire blueprint

What:

"Cell division is like making a photocopy of the entire blueprint of a completed building and then giving the copied blueprint to another contractor to build a completely new building." Is this an accurate analogy of the process of cell division? "


"The analogy is only partially accurate. All of the DNA (the blueprint) is copied before cell division. However, an entire new cell is not constructed using this DNA; rather, components of the original parent cell are divided equally between the two daughter cells."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Oct 30 2016 3:58 PM


Hela Cell Line Is The Rock Star....

a: Hela cell line ~
b: the lead singer of a band

What: "The HeLa cell line is like the lead singer of a band, everyone knows them (all the ladies love them). But there are other cell lines people may not be familiar with, just like the other members of the band (eg. Bass Players)."

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Writer: Aldrian Muyano
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Date: May 2 2013 11:08 AM



a: Cell signaling ~
b: middle man

What:

"messenger in cell signaling is like the middle man passing a baton in a relay race."


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Writer: Sabrina E Behnke
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Jan 10 2015 10:29 AM


The Cell Membrane As An Oreo Cookie

a: A cell membrane ~
b: an Oreo cookie

What: "A cell membrane is like a cookie, an Oreo. It has two layers of lipids (the cookie wafers) separated by a center (the white cream). Antioxidants reside either outside the first cookie layer or inside the fatty cream layer." A discussion of skin products and how antioxidant molecules are positioned within the cells that make up skin.

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Writer: Not Known
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Mar 20 2011 3:08 AM



a: T cell threshold ~
b: exit requirement for graduation

What:

"The situation is analogous to those entrance and exit exams that teenagers take to get out of high school and into college. The T cell threshold is like an exit requirement for graduation-one needs only score a minimal threshold to graduate and all students who demonstrate a simple competency in the subject matter will pass. B cell selection is more like the SAT-the higher the score, the better the chances of getting into college. "


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Writer: Michael McHeyzer-Williams
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Date: Oct 8 2014 4:35 PM


The Cell's Husky Outer Layer

a: The cell membrane ~
b: the corn husk of tamales

What: This is a link to a Ph.d dissertation about understanding the role of constructing concepts and analogies and their effect on teaching a basic science.

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Writer: Lam, Mylee L., M.A
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Date: Mar 20 2011 2:26 AM



a: primary cell wall ~
b: a layer of bricks

What:

"The primary cell wall is like a layer of bricks, the secondary wall like a layer of cinder blocks laid inside the bricks and lignin is like mortar added later between the bricks and cinder blocks. As the plant advances in maturity, more lignin is added to the complex of brick and blocks making them more difficult to break down and digest."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Feb 28 2014 3:51 PM


Gong All Out And All On.....

a: Cell proliferation ~
b: putting your foot on the accelerator

What: Testosterone, Estrogen, etc tend to increase cell proliferation in hormone sensitive tissues eg( breast, uterus, testes, prostate, etc ). Whilst this in itself does not cause cancer, if one's DNA gets a mutation in certain sections of it eg( from exposure to certain toxic substances called mutagens, randomly through from aging and genetic degradation ), then that mutation can mess up the bodys ability to switch the breaks on cell proliferation. The addition of something that increases cell proliferation is like putting your foot on the accelerator, when you have no breaks.

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Writer: Joshua
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Date: Apr 29 2013 5:04 PM



a: sickle cell anemia ~
b: a natural malaria vaccination

What:

"It turns out that being heterozygous for sickle cell anemia is like a natural malaria vaccination. In a place where malaria is rampant, this heterozygous sickle cell ..."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Aug 6 2017 7:57 PM



a: Secondary cell wall ~
b: moat around a castle

What:


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Writer: Not Stated
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Sep 25 2015 6:30 PM



a: Secondary cell wall ~
b: security system of a house

What:


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Writer: Ms. Gonzales
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Sep 25 2015 6:31 PM



a: Secondary cell wall ~
b: cinder blocks on the inside of a house...

What:


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Writer: Not Stated
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Sep 25 2015 6:31 PM



a: Cell differentiation ~
b: memory storage

What: "The process of cell differentiation is like memory storage. Adult cells never forget what kind of cells they have become,"

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Writer: Priyamvada Rajasethu
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Date: May 6 2013 11:28 AM


A Paper On Gene Programming...

a: Cell differentiation ~
b: a ball rolling down a hill

What: "Waddington depicted that cell differentiation is like a ball rolling down the hill in the epigenetic energy landscape."

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Writer: Waddington
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Date: May 6 2013 11:30 AM



a: Cell surface markers ~
b: fingerprint

What:

"Cell surface markers are special proteins and carbohydrates attached to the cell membrane. While some proteins have the task of allowing the transport of molecules across the membrane, cell surface markers play a role in inter-cellular communication and recognition. In short, cell surface markers are like a fingerprint, specific to each kind of cell, and capable of being identified according to what kinds of markers are present on the membrane. "


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Writer: Not Stated
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Where:
Date: Jan 10 2015 9:58 AM



a: cell analogy projects ~
b: the linked page

What:

The link has a page with several cell analogy projects as well as some other things.


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where:
Date: Dec 13 2014 1:08 PM



a: Programmed cell death ~
b: constructing a scaffold

What:

"Programmed cell death is like constructing a scaffold while building a house. It's needed for the building process, but eventually will be
disassembled since it isn't meant to be
incorporated into the final design of the house"


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Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where:
Date: Sep 29 2015 9:01 PM



a: cell surface receptors ~
b: traffic cops

What:

"Cell-surface receptors are like traffic cops. . . . Without the appropriate signals entering and exiting the stem cell, it does not know whether to selfrenew..."

The rest is in the link....


Useful?
Writer: Joseph A. Amato
LCC:
Where:
Date: Feb 12 2015 1:20 PM



a: cell surface receptors ~
b: radiowave antennae

What:

"Cell-surface receptors are like radiowave antennae: They pick up signals to send them forward to the appropriate cellular equipment that process the information in the signals. But how do cells know where to best position receptors to cleanly and efficiently pick up the numerous signals coming at them? "

A paper on how cells organize the receptors on their outer surfaces...


Useful?
Writer: Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay
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Where:
Date: Feb 12 2015 1:24 PM



a: cell of systems biology ~
b: reality show on TV

What:

"Although we can sometimes mistake a TV show for a true representation of human behavior, we generally agree there is much more to life than what we see on Temptation Island or Big Brother. Systems biology can only work if we relate back to the cell, organism, or ecosystem. It is the behavior of our models that is complex, not necessarily the behavior of the cell."


Useful?
Writer: Pontus Aspenstrom, Ph.D
LCC:
Where:
Date: Aug 2 2015 10:13 AM


The Chunks Are Too Big....

a: Bad cell phone reception ~
b: pixelated picture

What: If you kinda want to understand, visually, what bad cell phone reception is like, think of a low resolution picture on a computer. They can be grainy with the detail being poorly resolved. The signals sent by cell phones are turned into discrete chunks of information. They are little digital packets of information transmitted through the air. Poor cell phone service has bigger chunks. This is somewhat analogous to a low resolution picture. The digital chunks are too big, 'cause there is not enough memory to store all the necessary information.

Useful?
Writer: Lucretia
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: May 20 2013 1:37 PM



a: solar cell in the desert ~
b: subways in NY City

What:

"Asking whether large solar power plants are appropriate in the Mojave desert is like wondering whether subways makes sense in NY City."


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where:
Date: Jul 10 2017 9:45 PM


Cut Those Molecles Up

a: A cell without endonuclease ~
b: a carpenter without a saw

What: "A cell without endonuclease is like a carpenter without a saw. No saw, no house. Likewise: no endonuclease, no protein, no life as we know it. This much, scientists have known for years"

Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where:
Date: May 14 2013 2:37 PM


Divy Up The Goods.....

a: A cell going through mitosis ~
b: a house splitting itself in half

What: "A cell going through mitosis is like a house splitting itself in half, separating, and then automatically repairing the plumbing electrical and structural elements to form two functioning households from one."

Useful?
Writer: william hanson
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Where:
Date: May 10 2013 6:35 PM



Green Venn Diagram

METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.