What part of the bacterial cell helps it stick to surfaces?


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The pili are hair-like projections that allow a bacteria cell to stick to surfaces. The pili also allow the transfer of DNA from one bacteria cell to another.

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Bacteria cells differ to those of plants and animals as the cells lack a nucleus and other membrane-bound organelles. The cells do have ribosomes, small organelles, found in the cytoplasm. A bacteria cell has a basal body that allows it to rotate, and most have a layer on the outside of the cell wall. The cells contain DNA located in the jellylike cytoplasm. It is there the genetic material and the ribosomes are located.

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