Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life (14th Edition)

Published by Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
ISBN 10: 1305073959
ISBN 13: 978-1-30507-395-1

Chapter 1 - Critical Thinking - Page 21: 2


A one-celled organism is not specialized, while a single cell of a multi-celled organism may be.

Work Step by Step

A single-celled organism must contain everything it needs to carry out life functions in its one cell. It is, therefore, most likely not specialized. One cell of a multi cellular organism can be specialized to perform certain tasks and may not need to be able to perform all of the tasks needed for the organism's survival.
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