By Amanda Davison

Amanda Davison is currently a grad student in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program (Molecular Oncology). She completed her BSc in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UBC Okanagan. When she's not making up scientific haikus, she's watching Captain America and crocheting sea creatures.


Introduction Since I have a fierce love for cell biology (I did complete my BSc. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, after all), what follows is a brief overview of cell biology that someone in grade 12 could understand. We start with animal and plant cells, and the various organelles in each before we marvel at cell signaling for a moment, and then take a quick look at how cells use the processes of transcription and translation to produce proteins from a gene. Each section begins with a descriptive paragraph and helpful visuals, and is concluded by a series of…