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Weight of single cell

  1. Mar 15, 2005 #1

    DocToxyn

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    Anyone out there have a general idea/range of the weight of a typical eukaryotic cell? I found that E coli is at about 665 femtograms, but I'm more interested in mammalian cells.
     
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  3. Mar 15, 2005 #2

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    The weight of a typical human cell is about 10-19g. I'm not sure how useful this information is, however, as the weight of any individual cell depends largely on what type of cell is being weighed.
     
  4. Mar 16, 2005 #3

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    If a femtogram is 10-15 g, that would put 10-19 in the attogram range, which would then make the mammalian cell smaller (of less mass) than E. coli, which I don’t think it is.
     
  5. Mar 16, 2005 #4

    Monique

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    A typical animal cell is 10-20 um in diameter (1/5 the size of the smallest particle visible to the naked eye). A bacterium is typically 1 um in diameter. You should be able to estimate a mass from that :wink:
     
  6. Mar 16, 2005 #5

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    The answer I gave could be wrong. I just googled it and found lecture notes for somebody's class.
     
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