Every day, millions of people acknowledge the existence of a very complex being who has the unfathomable capability to create life. The intricacy of his creation is so amazing, in fact, that some even wonder if a divine force did not take part in its making.
The eukaryotic cell structure and function is highly complex, yet it represents one of the most basic levels of cellular organization which every organism (eukaryotic or not) must have as a fundamental unit to be considered alive. The eukaryotic cell includes all of the molecular machinery necessary for life in one mechanically organized unit: organelles for energy production and storage, organelles for information processing, a nucleus for gene regulation, and a cytoskeleton for mechanical support.
Eukaryotic cells are the most common and important type of cell in multicellular organisms. The structure, function, and organization of these cells all differ so dramatically from those of prokaryotes that they may as well be considered a different branch of life.
This multi-chapter, non-comprehensive monograph will outline the fundamental structure and function of eukaryotic animal and plant cells, including their respective organelles, basic extracellular components, and intracellular structures. Additionally, this monograph will not provide an exhaustive treatment of the topic.
I decided to write this book for a number of reasons. There is an abundance of instructional material – both free and for money – scattered throughout the internet, and there are several textbooks available for purchase. While these are excellent resources, it can be difficult to put them all together into a single location.
Information regarding complex topics such as the Fluid Mosaic Model or the Structure of a Lysosome is often spread across multiple textbooks and online sources in an unorganized way. Furthermore, these topics are often taught concurrently with each other in schools. This kind of teaching presents a lot of difficulties as it means that students have to make sense of several different concepts simultaneously before they've fully grasped any one of them.
I have experienced a number of problems trying to gain additional knowledge of modern biology and wrote this book in an attempt to fix these problems.
The internet is full of facts, not infrequently they are contradictory, poorly explained and hard to find; and textbooks have no place for added commentary or help.
I have created this source of information of scientific knowledge in an effort to provide a single source of information for any wishing to inquire further about the subject beyond classroom teaching but the subject is vast and it still has a long way to go.
I welcome feedback and suggestions - particularly from teachers who know their stuff inside out - which will allow me to expand my knowledge and improve the database for us all.