THE COMPOSITE CELL CONCEPT

When examining the idea of Cells, it is useful to understand the basic requirement of what could be considered a cell.  We know that viruses are not considered living because they are not cells - even though they possess several of THE 8 CHARACTERISTICS OF LIVING THINGS.

Think minimum requiement to be considered a cell...what must every cell possess?

  1. Cell Membrane
  2. Cytoplasm
  3. Genetic Material (DNA)
  • Ribosomes
  • Cytoskeleton