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Cell Biology

Cell Biology

The study of the cell, including mitosis and meiosis 

The cell is the basic structural and functional unit of all known living organisms. Cell biology is a field of science that studies cells including their physiology, their structure, and their life cycle. Fundamentals of cell biology include the processes of mitosis and meiosis. Through these processes cells replicate genetic material in preparation for cell division, endowing future cells with instructions for life.

Cell Biology
Images and animations are courtesy of the National Human Genome Research Institute's Talking Glossary (http://www.genome.gov/glossary/).

Materials for Cell Biology

Animation

Cell Size and Scale

Description: An interactive animation illustrating the size of cells and cellular components

Articles/Research

Inside the Cell

Description: A science education booklet exploring the cell

Studying cells

Description: A fact sheet on cells

What Students Want to Know About Cells

Description: NIH scientists answer questions from middle and high school students about the cell and careers in research

Games

Fold It

Description: A game designed to tackle the problem of protein folding

Inside the Cell

Description: A cell biology crossword puzzle

Test Your Science IQ

Description: A cell biology quiz for high school students

Interactive Tutorials

Amazing Cells

Description: Information, interactive tutorials, and animations on the structure and function of cells

How Do Cells Make Proteins?

Description: An interactive tutorial with practice problems teaching how DNA is used to make proteins

Label the Cell and the DNA

Description: An activity on labeling diagrams of a cell, chromosome, and DNA

Structure of an Animal Cell

Description: An online activity labeling an animal cell

Labs & Experiments

Gene Induction: Beta-galactosidase in E. coli

Description: A laboratory experiment demonstrating how genes are turned on and off in a cell

Teacher Resources

Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A curriculum supplement for high school students exploring how technology advancements in cell biology have been used to enhanced health

What Can I Learn From Worms? Regeneration, Stem Cells, and Models (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of high quality lesson plans exploring a variety of topics including the cell cycle and the use of model species in biomedical research

Video

The Cell: An Image Library

Description: A searchable library of images, videos, and animations of cells