Biology 2010 Student Edition

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 9780133669510
ISBN 13: 978-0-13366-951-0

Chapter 10, Cell Growth and Division - Assessment - 10.1 Cell Growth and Reproduction - Understand Key Concepts/Think Critically - Page 300: 1



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Surface area is very important when talking about a cell. The surface area of a cell tells how much cell membrane is available for gas exchange and the taking in of nutrients and the expelling of waste products. It is important that the surface area-to-volume ratio of a cell is big enough to support these types of activities that must occur through the cell membrane.
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