Our bodies are made up of many different types of cells. They are specialized because different genes in the DNA are activated in each type of cell. This results in varying proteins and organelles in the numerous kinds of cells found in the body.
For example, red blood cells have no nucleus so they can have more room to carry carbon dioxide and oxygen, nerve cells have dendrites which are long finger-like structures for sending messages, muscle cells have lots of mitochondria so they can produce lots of energy, and heart muscle cells have even more extra big mitochondria.
The Way We Work by David Macaulay was our primary reference for this project.
bananas = mitochondria
apples = golgi apparatus
oranges = rough endoplasmic reticulum
grapes = nucleus
Macrophage cells are white blood cells that eat bacteria and waste materials. We put all the leftover cytoplasm and organelles into the macrophage cells.
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