TheCell and the Analogy of the Golgi Body
TheCell and the Analogy of the Golgi Bodies
As thefundamental structural or organic component of a living organism, thecell is the minutest element of life that can reproduceindependently. It is the unit of life and contains numerous moleculesand organelles (O’Neill and Kelly, 2016). In this regards, one candevelop an analogy to describe the cell and its various structures.Thus, this paper uses the analogy of the pizza hut to describe theGolgi bodies, as well as, explain how animals or humans can harnessphotosynthesis.
PartOne: The Analogy of the Golgi Bodies
Since the cell is the basic element of an organism, it can functionlike a pizza hut. In a normal parlor, people perform different jobs,for instance, chopping vegetables, making the dough, putting ordersfor clients, cooking the pizza, and preparing drinks. This means thatthe numerous organelles: mitochondria, nucleus, cytoplasm, ribosome,lysosome, Golgi apparatus, and cell wall must work together to ensureefficiency. The Golgi body acts as a customization department whereworkers put the finishing touches on the pizza, for example, addingtoppings before taking the order to the consumer. O’Neill and Kelly(2016) posit that the apparatus collect and distribute all proteinsthroughout the cell hence, the front counter or the personalizedunit sort and dispense ready food to clients. The imperfection ofthis correspondence is that the front shop is not always the placewhere sorting and allocation occurs. Furthermore, a correlation of anairport fits the role of a cell since the Golgi bodies can act as thebag carts.
PartTwo: Chloroplasts in Animals or Humans
Chloroplasts, which harness photosynthesis, are structures of thecell only found in eukaryotic algae and plant cells (O’Neill andKelly, 2016 Yong, 2012). Incorporating chloroplasts in human cellswould require a lot of energy thus, impossible to utilize geneticengineering or cell tissues for the organelles to work. For theprocess to work on humans, they would need a large surface areacomparative to volume to absorb the sun’s energy (Yong, 2012).People or animal obtain their ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) from thecatabolism unlike plants, which get it through oxidativephosphorylation. Furthermore, individuals would need to remainmotionless throughout or have leafy protrusions for chloroplast towork.
From the discussion, the cell functions like a football team, ashopping mall, an airport, or a pizza parlor since despite its sizeit is the basic form of life. This means that one can draw an analogyto describe the cell and its organelles. On the other hand, it ispossible to harness chloroplasts in animals, but it would not workbecause of the small surface area and movement.
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