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largest cell on Earth?

Lance Corey lance at neuro.pharmacology.ubc.ca
Tue Feb 18 21:39:27 EST 1997

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

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