Category Cell Biology

BREAKING: 3 Americans Win Nobel Prize for Cell Communication & Transport

Three biology researchers, two from California, won the Nobel Prize today for Physiology and Medicine. I’m particularly excited because some of this stuff is what I had researched in undergrad and grad school. Those of you in my Anatomy classes remember back when we studied the cell in Chapter 2 (of most books), I pointed […]

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Advances Stem Cell Research

The Nobel Prize recognizes two scientists who discovered that mature, specialized cells can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body. Their findings have revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop. We used to think that human cells become only more and more specialized as an […]

Mom is the Source of your Energy

Okay, so this week my students learned cell biology in summary. I mentioned that all your mitochondria comes from your mom! Let’s go back a bit … you know it starts with the sperm and the egg. While the sperm has mitochondria, its mitochondria is located in the neck. During the fertilization process, the only thing […]

Highways inside the cell – with Video links and Animation!

This week, my students are learning about cellular components, and I briefly mentioned about the cytoskeleton not only provides structure for the cell, but also highways for transporting things around the cell. Fibers that make up the cytoskeleton are “alive.” They build up and break down. Think of highways that are always being built or […]