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Relative Size of Life – Launching Pad for Cell Biology

by Georgina Cornwall, PhD
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    00:01 It's important to think about the relative sizes within biology because often we'll see our cells spending time at such a small level, such a microscopic level, it becomes hard to relate it to what we're learning.

    00:17 So atoms are super super tiny. There's no way we can see those with naked eye.

    00:23 We cannot even see it under a light microscope.

    00:26 Even when we put sixty or so atoms together, we still cannot see that under a light microscope.

    00:34 And even if we look at the macromolecules, which is a lot of what we're going to be spending this course on, we still cannot see those.

    00:41 It's not until we start looking at mitochondria and bacteria that we can start even seeing those things under a light microscope.

    00:54 Above the level of bacteria, we can see red blood cells.

    00:57 They're not that much bigger because they don't have many of the components inside them that most of our cells have.

    01:05 But when we get up to the level of our animal cells or plant cells, we can see that there is much more complexity in them.

    01:13 Some of which, you can even see under a light microscope.

    01:16 It's not until we get up to the level of a frog egg that we could even see this with a naked eye.


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    The lecture Relative Size of Life – Launching Pad for Cell Biology by Georgina Cornwall, PhD is from the course Introduction to Cell Biology.


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