Biology 12th Edition

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 0-07802-426-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-07802-426-9

Chapter 5 - Membrane Structure and Function - Engage - Thinking Scientifically: 2

Answer

Higher amounts of unsaturated fatty acids help to make the cell membrane more fluid and flexible which prevents the membrane from becoming too firm and freezing/becoming damaged in the cold.

Work Step by Step

It has been determined that higher levels of unsaturated fatty acids result in more bilayer fluidity.
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