Memes? In my field of science…?

Its more likely than you think!

Memes can be a great way of retaining information. Sure they can be mostly jokes and banter but if you have always remembered that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell well then…

At least for your brain to remember important and fun facts.

Below are a handful of memes that helped me remember key or important facts about cell biology at ODU in Spring 2021. They also include a little description on how they relate to the meat and bones of cell biology.

  1. One of the First Things in Cell Biology Is That…
    We all know that the mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell but it’s not just the inside of the mitochondria. It’s the intermembrane space, the matrix, the different complexes, and particular processes that power the mitochondria. Though this organelle is the well-accepted flagship, it’s important to know the complexities of how energy is produced in a cell.

2. Personification to the Microscopic Level
Sometimes in learning about cells, and the relationships they have with their organelles it can be helpful to personify them. Oftentimes this meme has been me, late at night wondering about how mitochondria and eukaryotic cells may have been apart but evolved to a state of symbiosis. At least that’s one of the major theories on how cells came to have so many complex structures in them. Maybe one day a cell adopted mitochondria. And here we are happily ever after.

3. The Science Behind Diets, and Why Keto Makes Me Mad
This meme highlights how in cell biology the process of ketogenesis or keto is the basis of a keto diet. Though it may seem useful for some, putting your body into a deliberate state of ketogenesis/ketosis can actually put more stress on the body than anticipated. Yes, you may be consuming fewer carbs but the stress on your liver for breaking down fats poses many issues, especially if you have predisposed issues.

4. Organic Chemistry and Cell Biology – The Curse of Knowing Too Much
This meme highlights how substances that carbon dioxide (CO2) and cyanide (CN) are so much better at binding onto hemoglobin or our red blood cells that it can literally kill cells by stopping the beloved mitochondria from working and being a key component as the powerhouse of the cell.

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