The Celullar Metropolis
Like a major city, a cell teems with specialized workers that carry out its daily operations—making energy, moving proteins, or helping with other tasks. Researchers took microscopic pictures of thin layers of a cell and then combined them to make this 3-D image featuring color-coded organelles—the cell’s “workers.” Using this image, scientists can understand how these specialized components fit together in the cell's packed inner world. Courtesy of Kathryn Howell, a cell biologist at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Featured in the August 15, 2006, issue of Biomedical Beat.
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