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Visualizing Cell Processes

In this 5 program series of 42 short, narrated, full-motion modules each describing an essential process of cell biology. Using microphotography and animation, essential cell processes are presented for easy understanding by students.
  • Title ID 124-BVC
  • Science, Biology
  • 5 Programs
  • 11 Supplemental Files
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Published by BioMEDIA Associates
Included Programs
Supplemental Files

Included Programs

Cells and MoleculesRunning time is 15 minutes

Chapter List
Chapter 1: The Cell Machinery
The Cell Machinery: Illustrates cell energy transformations through chloroplasts and mitochondria, the cytoskeleton, and provides a general overview of how cell processes are controlled.
Chapter 2: A Variety of Cells
This clip describes a variety of cells.
Chapter 3: Organic Molecules
Organic Molecules: The program describes biological macromolecules (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and nucleic acids) and their building blocks.
Chapter 4: Prokaryote Evolution and Diversity
This observational section can be viewed as a time capsule showing what cellular life was like three billion years ago.
Chapter 5: Independently Living Eukaryotic Cells
Independently Living Eukaryotic Cells: Living protists give us a glimpse at how nucleated cells evolved and became the building blocks for multicellular organisms - plants, animals, and fungi.

Cell Movement and TransportRunning time is 15 minutes

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Structure and Behavior of the Plasma Membrane
Explore the structure and behavior of the plasma membrane.
Chapter 2: Osmosis
Osmosis: Explore the net movement of water into and out of a cell.
Chapter 3: Transport Proteins
Transport Proteins: Membrane proteins act as gates and channels, allowing substances to enter and leave cells.
Chapter 4: Phagocytosis
This clip describes and illustrates Phagocytosis.
Chapter 5: Pinicytosis
This clip describes and illustrates Pinocytosis.
Chapter 6: Receptor Mediated Endocytosis
This clip describes and illustrates Receptor Mediated Endocytosis.
Chapter 7: Golgi Function
Golgi Function: Watch a folded stack of membranes sort and package cell products.
Chapter 8: Lysosomes and Digestion
This clip describes and illustrates Lysosomes and Digestion.
Chapter 9: Microtubules
Microtubules: Microtubules create support structures and function in many kinds of cell movement.
Chapter 10: Cilia
Cilia: An amazing molecular hook and claw action drives the ciliary beat.
Chapter 11: Actin and Myosin Motor Proteins
Actin and Myosin Motor Proteins: The interaction between these two proteins moves cell particles and produces the contraction of muscles.

Photosynthesis and Cellular RespirationRunning time is 15 minutes

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Glycolysis and Fermentation
Respiration Modules: Glycolysis and Fermentation: Two ATPs are gained as glucose is broken.
Chapter 2: Mitochondrion Structure
The Respiration Module describes Mitochondrion Structure.
Chapter 3: The Krebs Cycle
The Respiration Module describes the Krebs Cycle Animation.
Chapter 4: Electron Transport Chain and ATP Synthesis.
The Respiration Module describes the Electron Transport Chain: Proteins on the inner membrane pump hydrogen ions into the inner membrane space, creating conditions for ATP synthesis.
Chapter 5: ATP Synthesis
The Respiration Module describes ATP Synthesis.
Chapter 6: Chloroplast Structure
The Photosynthesis Module describes Chloroplast Structure.
Chapter 7: The Light-Dependent Reactions
Photosynthesis Modules: The Light-Dependent Reactions: How ATP and NADPH, the energy carriers that drive biosynthesis are produced.
Chapter 8: The Light-Independent Reactions
Photosynthesis Modules: The Light-Independent Reactions: These reactions create PGAL, the universal building block of sugars and starches.

DNA Replication, Mitosis and Cell ReproductionRunning time is 15 minutes

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Mitosis: Chromosome Condensation
Learn about Mitosis showing chromosome condensation.
Chapter 2: Mitosis and Cytokinesis
Learn and see the various stages of Mitosis.
Chapter 3: Meiosis
Meiosis: Chromosome sorting, crossing over and reduction to the haploid number.
Chapter 4: DNA: Nucleotide Structure and Bonding
Learn about the nucleotide structure and means of bonding.
Chapter 5: DNA: Replication Enzymes
Demonstrates that each step in the DNA replication process as a accomplished means of a specialized enzyme.
Chapter 6: DNA: Replicating the Leading and Lagging Strands
See how DNA replicates the leading and lagging strands.
Chapter 7: DNA: Topoisomerase and the Twisting Problem
Learn about topoisomerase and the twisting problem within DNA.
Chapter 8: DNA: Proofreading and Repair
A fleet of repair enzymes races over the DNA correcting mutations and replication errors.
Chapter 9: DNA Review
Review the various aspects of DNA, renegade DNA and viruses.

The Genetic Code and Its TranslationRunning time is 15 minutes

Chapter List
Chapter 1: The Protein Nature of Life
The Protein Nature of Life: Proteins are the primary structural and enzymatic elements of life.
Chapter 2: Protein Structure
Protein Structure: 20 amino acids produce and almost infinite number of proteins.
Chapter 3: Transcription
Shows how the DNA Code is transcribed onto nucleotides of mRNA interaction onto nucleotides of mRNA.
Chapter 4: Translation and the Protein Synthesis
Translation and the Protein Synthesis: Describes how ribosomal RNA and transfer RNA interact in the translation of mRNA into a protein.
Chapter 5: Gene Regulation in Prokaryotes
This chapter from the program, The Genetic Code and its Translation, describes gene regulation in prokaryotes.
Chapter 6: Exons and Introns
Exons and Introns: One of the great surprises in molecular biology was the discovery that over 90 percent of a cell's DNA is silent.
Chapter 7: Mutations
Mutations: Frame-sift mutations are the most damaging, whereas point mutations are a potential source of variety for evolutionary processes.
Chapter 8: HIV: an RNA Virus
Review the various aspects of DNA, RNA virus and HIV.

Supplemental Files

MARC Records for BVC
MARC records for the series Visualizing Cell Processes
Program 1 - Cells and Molecules Educators Guide
Program 2 - Cell Movement and Transport Educators Guide
Program 3 - Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Educators Guide
Program 4 - DNA Replication and Cell Reproduction Educators Guide
Program 5 - The Genetic Code and Its Translation Educators Guide
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