Depending on the size of an animal, you can find anywhere from a few million to billions of cells inside an animal. They differ greatly from plant cells and they have different types of cells which function differently. We have 10 interesting animal cell facts so you develop a better understanding of animal cells.
Not all cells have a nucleus
Animal cells, in general, are eukaryotic, which means they have a nucleus. However, not all animal cells have a nucleus. For example, the red blood cells don’t have a nucleus since the cells don’t need to multiply by meiosis or mitosis they don’t require a nucleus. The lack of a nucleus allows them to carry more hemoglobin in the cell.
Cells are totipotency
The stem cells in animals are totipotent. This means they can convert into any required cell the body needs.
Cells can repair themselves
During the daily activity, the cell can face some malfunction in the RNA and DNA strands amongst other things. The cell has the functionality to correct these malfunctions on their own immediately.
Cells are self-destructive
No that doesn’t mean the cells just automatically self-destruct. If a cell is injured or has defects in the DNA, it self-destructs so it doesn’t impact other cells.
The cell is 70% water
70% of the cell is water while the remaining content consists of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, etc.
Cells are self-sufficient
Cells have nan chemical factories that provide it everything it needs. These factories generate whatever is required for the cell so that it can do the work required.
Cells are small
Animal cells like any cell are not visible to the naked eye. They are anywhere from 1 to 100 micrometers so you will need a microscope to see them.
Cytoplasm in the cell helps it maintain its shape
The cytoskeleton helps the cell maintain its shape. It is found inside the cytoplasm of the cell which is made up of proteins.
Nucleus when present isn’t always in the center
The nucleus is the most important element within a cell and therefore there is a misconception that it is always found in the center of the cell. This is not always true the nucleus can be located in any part of the cell.