Animal Cell Structure

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This Demonstration depicts the cross section of an animal cell. Students can graphically explore the structure and relative location of each organelle, as well as their unique functions.


Mouseover any organelle for its name and a detailed description of its function. The control options let you select the information that shows up within the tooltip. If neither control labels are checked, the tooltip says, "What is this?"


Contributed by: Yunchan Chen (February 2014)
With additional contributions by: Abby Brown
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



The explanations for organelle functions were taken from [1] and the blueprint for the image came from [2].


[1] N. A. Campbell and J B. Reece, Biology, San Francisco: Pearson, 2005.

[2] W. P. Armstrong. "Comparison of Plant & Animal Cells." Wayne's Word. (Jan 22, 2012)

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