Chapter 1: The Fundamental Unit Of Life

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The Fundamental Unit of Life

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What would happen if the plasma membrane ruptures or breaks down?

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The plasma membrane is the outer boundary of the cell and it is composed of lipids and proteins. The plasma membrane is a selectively permeable membrane that allows the entry and exit of some material in the cells. If the plasma membrane ruptures or breaks down, it acts as a mechanical barrier that restricts the exchange of material between cell and its surrounding through osmosis or diffusion. Hence, cells will eventually die due to the absence of protoplasmic materials.


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