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Cells in Different Saline Solutions Demo
Flash Animation

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Description of Flash Animation

This is a Flash animation which shows how cells expand or contract depending on the saline concentration of a surrounding fluid. Blood cells contract when the solution is too salty (dehydration) and expand when there is not enough salt (salt depletion).

Screen Capture

Hypertonic Solution: Cell in Hertonic (Salty Solution) which shrinks from osmotic pressure. Other choices are isotonic and huypotonic solutions

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Course Information

Original Course: BI SCI 4 - Human Body: Form and Function

Instructor: Michael Troyan, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Other Uses: This animation could be used in courses for biochemistry, materials sciences, health sciences and others.

License and Download

This MTO item can be used royalty-free under the following conditions. See the MTO Item Open Source License for complete terms.

Download Link

The .swf Flash animation file and help documents are compressed in a .zip file. Once you download the file, double-click on the .zip file to extract the Files. Open the ReadMe.html file for instructions on posting the Flash file on a Web site or in a course management system.

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Last Update: January 19, 2007