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anonymous
 one year ago
Why are most cells so small? In other words, what limits them from becoming larger? @abhisar
anonymous
 one year ago
Why are most cells so small? In other words, what limits them from becoming larger? @abhisar

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aaronq
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Diffusion of materials across the membrane is the limiting factor. If we model the cell as a sphere, and compare the how the volume and the surface area of the sphere change with increasing radius we find that the volume increases much more rapidly. The large amount of "stuff" inside cannot be transported across the membrane at an acceptable after a certain radius size. Graph these and see what they look like. \(\sf V=\dfrac{4}{3}\pi r^3\) \(\sf SA=4\pi r^2\)
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