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The Bagel Organelle

Let's start with a really basic shape -- the bagel (a.k.a. the donut, a.k.a. the ring).  Run your mouse over the image below.  Each time you touch a magnifying glass, you will see the 2-D representation of the slice on the right.


Notice how none of the slices looks like a bagel?  That's typical when you reduce a three dimensional object to only two dimensions. Of course you could get a slice with a typical "donut" shape, but you would have to cut in a very specific way to do that.