Plant and animal cells are similar in their
overall function as they must provide structure
to tissues and carry out metabolic processes.
Some of the organelles they use to do this are
however different. Plant cells have a rigid
cell wall, a structure that is absent in
animal cells. The animal cell only has a more
fluid cell membrane made of lipids. Plant and
animal cells make energy using mitochondria
but plant cells have an additional energy-making
organelle, chloroplasts; these organelles
are what makes plants green. Both plant and animal
cells have a nucleus containing DNA, vacuoles that
store waste, smooth and rough endoplasmic
reticulum where membranes and proteins are
produced, and the Golgi apparatus where
secreted proteins are packaged and sent to the
membrane. Here is a link to a YouTube video that
nicely explains the differences between plant and
animal cells, plant
and animal cells.
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