"The clathrin surrounds the involuting patch of membrane, which then pinches off to form the tiny vesicles. One way to envision the process is to imagine yourself in the fruit and vegetable aisle of the grocery store. Receptor-mediated endocytosis is like putting your hand inside a plastic bag, grabbing a bunch of green beans, and then turning the bag inside out around them. "
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.