Fun with Cells with the Amoeba Sisters

Biology is usually termed as a subject one needs to 'blindly memorize' facts after facts after facts. A dull, boring subject that is there to demonize learners where there is no escape. Well, the Amoeba Sisters wish to right this wrong.

In their own words

We are two sisters on a mission to demystify science through our hobby of creating free videos, #AmoebaGIFs, and comics. We passionately believe in the power of humor, relevance, and free access in education. 

Sarina Peterson ("Petunia") and Brianna Rapini ("Pinky")

Here is the Story of the Cells, by the cells and for the learning cells of the class, courtesy the wonderful siblings whose sole aim is making biology learning fun!

Cytoplasm comes first to give her introduction.

What does a cell contain within itself, apart from the jelly like cytoplasm? And what do they do?

But, wait. There are basically 2 kinds of cells, right? One that is found in simple life forms like amoeba. And such cells are called as prokaryotes. And the other that is found in complex life forms like humans, for example. We call them eukaryotes.

Let us hear their differences first.

We are humans and we have eukaryotes. Let's call one such cell to tell their story. 

As we enter inside it, we first meet the endoplasmic reticulum (ER, for short). The "rough" ones have ribosomes. Ribosomes make proteins.

Ribosomes wish you to click them up and close (and not just with the ERs). The amino acids they make, when sequenced in a particular order, become a long protein chain.

Meet the big player, the mighty energy producer of the cell who shows off it's power.

Don't forget the Golgi apparatus, the post office of the cell, who silently comes and makes her presence felt.

Biology is a science of exceptions. Unlike us the humans (for that matter, any animal), green plants have chloroplasts. And they make glucose which all animals need.

Lysosome keeps the cell 'clean'.

The vacuole keeps things safely.

The components of the cell mentioned above bow to the boss who informs, guides and controls all, to keep the cell living. Nucleus is the boss who does it. Everytime, all the time.

The Amoeba Sisters have loads of other interesting things on their website. Posters, hand outs, video links, quizs. Find out more from their YouTube channel

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