Discussion: Week 2

Review the information on cell (plasma) membrane structure. Conduct brief research on the origin of cell membrane formation and post a discussion on the following:

1. Basic physical and chemical structure of cell membranes,

2. What has been achieved as a result of cell membrane existence. In other words, what are the functions of the cell membrane,

3. The significance of cell membrane structure integrity and what might occur with the aging process as the structure deteriorates,

4. The advantage of understanding cell membrane structure and the development of anti-microbial agents (primarily antibiotics) in combating invading pathogens. Please note that the mechanism of antibiotics is to attack cell membranes or cell walls. Focus the discussion strictly on cell membranes

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