CELL BIOLOGY: Structure, Function and Processes (4 Programs)

They are the basic building blocks of life, but in reality there’s nothing "basic" about cells - the complex, versatile units of matter that make up all life on Earth. In this four-part video series, rich animation brings the intricate inner workings of cells to life, while a congenial host guides viewers through the essentials of cell biology: cell structure and function (of both animal and plant cells), cell metabolism and respiration, cell division and growth, and a focus on stem cells, cellular differentiation, genetics, and the potential that stem cells have for medical use. No-nonsense and to the point, each video is an arrangement of short, discrete segments that make this series ideal for breaking up lectures.

This program explores the basic structure of both animal and plant cells and the specific functions that different cell components serve. After an overview of a complete cell, individual segments dive in to detail each of the specific parts. Discrete, pedagogical segments cover: the plasma membrane, extracellular matrix, flagellum and cilia, the nucleus, nucleolus, nuclear envelope, cytosol and cytoplasm, the rough and smooth endoplasmic reticula, the golgi apparatus, ribosomes, lysosomes, vacuoles, peroxisome, and mitochondria. Where plant and animal cells different is made clear, and separate segments on structures unique to plants include the cell wall, plasmodesmata, and chloroplasts.
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All living organisms need energy to perform day-to-day tasks. Using straightforward, vibrant animation to anchor otherwise complex ideas, this program shows how that energy is created through the metabolic processes of catabolism, aerobic cellular respiration, and anabolism. Respiration is covered in depth, with detailed explanations of glycolysis, the Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain. Also covered is fermentation and anaerobic cellular respiration, and how cells help build large, complex molecules through the process of anabolism.
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The cell cycle is a series of developmental and growth events that chart the normal life of a cell. This program uses easy-to-follow animation to illustrate the growth phases of the cell cycle and the processes of mitosis and cytokinesis that follow. The distinct phases of mitosis - including prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase - are described in detail. The program also explains meiosis, a variation of mitosis involving the formation of gametes in two stages. Apoptosis, or programmed cell death, is also covered, including the effects of uncontrolled cell division (cancer).
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That a tiny collection of cells can divide, multiply, and transform into the proper combination of lung cells, brain cells, bone, muscle, and more - eventually becoming a fully formed human being - is often referred to as the miracle of life. But at the cellular level, this is the story of stem cells, cellular differentiation, and gene expression. This program explores these topics, detailing the different types of stem cells (embryonic and adult), and when they leave the cell cycle to enter differentiation. Cell mutation, gene expression, and the process of epigenetics are also covered. Stem cell potency is also reviewed, as is the role and promise of stem cells in medical research, including the pros and cons of using embryonic versus adult-derived stem cells.
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#15800/0405*2014 $549.95

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