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What does ribosomes do in a bacteria cell?

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January 29, 2009 6:40PM

A bacterial cell contains about 10,000 ribosomes which co up to 30% of the weight of the bacterium.

In contrast to most eukaryote ribosomes, the bacterial ribosomes do not appear to be attached to internal cell membranes, but are found free in the cytoplasm.

In functionally, active bacteria the cytoplasm is packed -with free and randomly distributed ribosomes.

This dense packing may mask any attachment to internal membranes.

Strings of ribosomes have been found loosely attached to the inside of the plasma membrane.