This lesson uses a macro-model to demonstrate the diffusion of molecules across the cell membrane. A deshelled egg serves as the cell model to observe movement in and out of the “cell”. Students will learn that the cell membrane is composed of a complex nano-structured membrane that regulates diffusion and mobility of membrane biomolecules. The purpose is to examine permeability properties of plasma membranes and give students a better understanding of how substances, nano in size move into and out of a cell.
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NSF EEC 1200925 and NSF ECCS 0335765 and ECCS 1626183
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