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largest cell on Earth?

Brian Scott brians at interlog.com
Wed Feb 19 00:02:39 EST 1997

In article <330a676e.37903907 at news.ucs.ubc.ca>,
Lance Corey <lance at neuro.pharmacology.ubc.ca> wrote:
>brians at interlog.com (Brian Scott) wrote:
>>In article <33096943.1CD7 at Bris.ac.uk>,
>>Andrew Doherty  <A.Doherty at Bris.ac.uk> wrote:
>>>> >long. Is the ostrich's egg really a single cell?!
>>>> >
>>>> Sure it is...isn't it?  I mean, it's an ovum and if it's fertilized
>>>> it starts dividing right?  Help me out here people!  :-)
>>>> Brian
>>>Well, I'm not so sure an ostrich egg, as such, is a single cell. Surely
>>>the ostrich ovem is the cell, which becomes the egg i.e. produces the
>>>shell, yolk sac, albumin...etc. So the ostrich egg may only contain one
>>>cell, but is not itself that cell - I think - sort of - d'ya get what I
>>>mean? I'm not sure I do, but then I'm not an ostrich biologist!!!
>>According to _Molecular Biolog of the Cell_ by Alberts et al.,  bird's 
>>eggs are single cells.  
>IMHO, I don't blieve that the whole egg is one cell; more likely, it is a
>cell surrounded by yolk and albumen.
>Lance Corey
>	lance at neuro.pharmacology.ubc.ca

I guess it depends on your definition of a cell.  Alberts et al. say that 
the yolk is contained within an organelle -- yolk granules -- within the 
cell's cytoplasm.  They don't say the ovum is a cell associated with an 
external yolk-containing body.


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