Real Cell Gallery

The images in this gallery show real cells under the microscope. Do they look like cell diagrams you’ve seen? Probably not!

Most cell diagrams, whether in your textbook or online, are generic. They highlight a set of overlapping features that all cells need to live. But every cell also has unique features to do a specialized job. The examples here explore structures you probably won’t find on most cell diagrams.

Hint: Turn the labels on and off to find the structures on the microscope view.

Generic Cell Model Image

Cell diagrams like this one highlight the parts most cells have in common. Souce: OpenStax via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC-BY 4.0.

Image Credits

Image Credits

Breast Cancer Cells: National Cancer Institute

Diatom: Robert Pickett

Haloquadratum walsbyi: Mike Dyall-Smith

Heart Muscle Cell: Jose Martin and Jose Enrique Muzquiz

Influenza A: Frederick Murphy, CDC Public Health Image Library

Mold hyphae: Y. Tambe; licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Cropped image and added labels.

Osteocyte: Jose Luis Calvo

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Genetic Science Learning Center. (2020, July 31) Real Cell Gallery. Retrieved December 01, 2023, from

CSE format:

Real Cell Gallery [Internet]. Salt Lake City (UT): Genetic Science Learning Center; 2020 [cited 2023 Dec 1] Available from

Chicago format:

Genetic Science Learning Center. "Real Cell Gallery." Learn.Genetics. July 31, 2020. Accessed December 1, 2023.