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Anology of a house: Similar in function to a lysosome, given there are mice in the house?

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tamanim | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted November 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM via web

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Anology of a house: Similar in function to a lysosome, given there are mice in the house?

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ncchemist | eNotes Employee

Posted November 29, 2012 at 12:46 AM (Answer #1)

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The best analogy for a lysosome and a house with mice is a mousetrap.  In particular, one of those larger mousetraps that is a completely enclosed space with a small opening where a mouse can be lured in but cannot get out.  A lysosome is a vesicle within a cell that holds waste or other unwanted materials until they can be ejected from the cell.  The mousetrap holds the unwanted mouse until a person can come along and dispose of the mouse outside of the house.  This is the best analogy I can think of.

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