|MadSci Network: Cell Biology|
Hello, Before starting, it's important to ask some important questions: What kind of edible object can we use that will resemble a cell and can last 3 days without refrigeration? What are the components of the cell we want to resemble? Do we want to model an animal or plant cell? A good suggestion for a cell would be a baked pie such as sweet potato or pumpkin pie. Assuming that you want to model an animal cell, you may want to include the following structures: Cytoplasm, cell membrane, vacuoles, mitochondria, lysosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, ribosomes, nucleus, chromosomes, and Golgi apparatus. My suggestions for cell structures are as follows: *Cell wall with cytoplasm (light colored sweet potato pie with dark crust *Nucleus - Licorice stick bent in the shape of a circle *Mitochondria - Condensed spiral shaped speghetti (cooked) *Vacuoles - vanilla waffers *Lysosomes - White Jelly beans *Endoplasmic Reticulum - 3 or 4 Strips of cooked speghetti *Ribosomes - Nutmeg *Golgi Apparatus - Grahm crackers inserted vertically into the pie (cytoplasm). *Chromosomes - Small piece of cooked speghetti placed inside the Nucleus. For a particularly good web site on the structure and function of a cellwith good diagrams on the organization of an animal or plant cell, please see www.agresearch.com, also for a good recipe on sweet potato pie, please see www.recipezaar.com
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