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What is a good analogy for the ribosome?

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Ribosomes are like chefs; they take the ingredients and put them together in a complex finished product. Ribosomes are organelles within cells responsible for taking the mRNA and constructing complex polypeptides.

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A ribosome is a cell organelle that functions as a micro-machine for making proteins. Their process relies on specialized tRNA for translating the mRNA absorbed creating complex polypeptides for cell function.

An analogy of this process would be a chef. The chef receives the ingredients from the staff and is tasked with creating a meal for someone in the restaurant. The chef, using their knowledge like the complex tRNA, takes the mRNA-provided ingredients and creates a dish which is perfect for the customer. The customer can be anything within the cell requiring a specialized polypeptide. Ribosomes can be found within the cytosol or bound to the endoplasmic reticulum.

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