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How is phosphorus involved in cell structure and function?


Biologists who study the nature of living things typically regard the cell as the smallest functional unit of life. From single cell bacteria up through the tens of trillions of cells that make up our bodies, the structures of a cell are fairly consistent from organism to organism.Perhaps the most defining characteristic of a cell is its outermost membrane, simply called the "cell membrane" (or sometimes the "plasma membrane"). The cell's outer membrane acts as a mediator between its internal space and everything that takes place outside of it.


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