How is the cell like a factory?
Comparing a Cell to a Factory:
Nucleus: In the same way that maimn office controls a large factory, the nucleus is the control center for the cell.
Ribosomes: One of the most important jobs carried out in the cellular "factory" is making proteins. Each ribosome, in its own way, is like a small machine in a factory, turning out proteins on orders that come from its "boss" the cell nucleus.
Golgi Apparatus: The golgi appartus is somewhat like a customization shop, where the finishing touches are put on proteins before they are ready to leave the "factory." From the Golgi appartaus, proteins are then "shipped" to their final destinations throughout the cell or outside of the cell
Lysosomes: Lysosomes are like the cleanup crew in a cell. They perform the vital function of removing "junk" that might otherwise accumulate and clutter up the cell.
Vacuoles: Every factory needs a place to store things, and cells contain places for storage as well
Mitochondria and Chloroplasts: All living things require a source of energy. Factories are hooked up to the local power company, but cells get energy from the sun and from food molecules.
Cytoskeleton: A factory building is supported by steel or cement beams and by columns that support its walls and roof. Eukaryotic cells have a structure- the cytoskeleton- that helps support the cell.