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Little Mito

The Story of Where He Came From


Author(s)

Stephanie Vail
School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
University at Buffalo
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo
herreid@buffalo.edu

Abstract

This case presents a fanciful story about the origin of the eukaryotic cell, a major milestone in the evolution of life. The characters of the story are Mito, Chlora, Flag, ER, Nuc, Golgi, Ves, and Ly, all members of an extended cellular family. Written for college and high school introductory biology classes, students learn about cellular structure and functions in addition to the two major theories for the rise of the eukaryotic cell.


Objectives

  • To learn the major functions of some of the cell organelles.
  • To learn the relative merits of the two major hypotheses for the origin of the eukaryotic cell and understand the evidence supporting each.

Keywords

Eukaryote; eukaryotic; eukaryotic evolution; cell; organelle; endosymbiotic; autogenic; mitochondria; parasite; parasitic

Topical Areas

N/A

Educational Level

High school, Undergraduate lower division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Directed

Language

English

Subject Headings

Biology (General)  |   Cell Biology  |   Evolutionary Biology  |  


Date Posted

01/07/02

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Comments


Janet Kaehms
janetkaehms@gmail.com
Science Teacher
Dublin High School
Dubliin, CA
09/21/2013
Perfect! I often tell a story about a large Italian family when I talk about DNA. The dad is the boss the DNA. There are his 4 daughters and one cousin...then 3 sons who work hard moving things and arranging everyone.

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