so biology diagrams, out of necessity, give us nice and pretty and spaced-out views of what the inside of a cell looks like. it's so you can clearly identify which part is which, when you're learning about that.

but as imaging gets better and better, it becomes even clearer what an absolute riotous mishmash traffic jam is inside every single cell. people are putting together far more accurate pictures of what is happening, using both imaging and 3d re-creations, and merging the two.

here's a really cool example of that!

you can click on individual pictures to then roll over bits and bobs - but i'll warn you, it's at the "you're in med school" level of cell biology, looking at individual signalling pathways, so don't feel distressed if you don't know most of this shit. this is graduate-level cell biology stuff.

also note: all of this is false color, the inside of your cells isn't actually this level of lisa frank. it's been colorized to help people identify which part is which. however it's also been made with using x-ray, nuclear magnetic resonance, and cryoelectron microscopy datasets, in terms of the imaging that's been brought to bear here to help create this far more complete model.

this glorious riot of activity is happening continuously in each and every single one of your cells!

and i think that is pretty fuckin neato!

@wigglytuffitout All I can think looking at this other than 'whoa' is 'drink water' because that traffic jam doesn't need to be any more cramped than it already is.

@feonixrift to be fair, i'm not sure that being hydrated is going to really directly impact cytosol volume per cells

but you should drink water anyway really

@wigglytuffitout This is exceedingly helpful and also fascinating. Thank you.

@wigglytuffitout this is so amazing. grounding theoretical models/maps in actual observation and images, even when learning, really resonates with me

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