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Genetics

Why can't a cell be as big as a house?

Answer

Wiki User
10/11/2008

A cell has to be able to maintain homeostasis. The cells surface area to volume ratio has to be maintained. If a cell gets too big, it will not be able to take in enough nutrients and remove metabolic waste in order for it to keep up with the increasing volume. The volume of the cell gets too big and without being able to maintain a balance or ( homeostasis), a cell may in turn die.