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Inside the Cell

explores the smallest form of life: the cell. Discover what's happening inside your body. See basic structures that let your cells accomplish their tasks. Learn about functions shared by virtually all cells: making fuel and proteins, transporting materials, and disposing of wastes. Find out how cells specialize to get their unique jobs done -- and how cells reproduce, age, and die. (National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health)

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Interesting Fact:

If a salamander or newt loses a limb, the creature can simply grow a new one. The process is complicated -- cells must multiply, morph into all the different cell types present in a mature limb (such as skin, muscle, bone, blood vessel, and nerve), and migrate to the right location. Scientists know that special growth factors and hormones are involved, but no one knows exactly how regeneration happens.
A typical animal cell, sliced open to reveal cross-sections of organelles.

A typical animal cell

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