Olive Oil Bilayer

The cell membrane is described as having the consistency of olive oil. Model its fluidity and mosaic-like appearance by pouring a thin layer of oil into a tray and dropping in some different coloured beads. Tilt the tray slightly to demonstrate the lateral diffusion of proteins through the phospholipid bilayer.

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