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Do large cells have more trouble functioning than small cells?

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Large cells have more trouble functioning than small cells because the interior of a cell grows at a faster rate than the exterior. This poses problems for large cells because the outside of the cell cannot transport nutrients and water as efficiently to the inside of the cell.

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Single cells undergo a process called mitosis to prevent them from becoming too large to survive. Mitosis involves the splitting of a single cell into two daughter cells with the same exact DNA.

Cells use contact inhibition to eventually stop the process of mitosis . For example, cells placed in a dish will undergo mitosis until the entire dish is full of new cells. Once the dish is full and all of the cells come into contact, the mitosis process stops.

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