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Do All Cells Have A Nucleus?

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Kath Senior Profile
Kath Senior answered
The vast majority of animal and plant cells all have a nucleus. The nucleus contains the DNA of the cell and this is vital for cell division and also for making the proteins that the cell needs to function.

There are always exceptions to every rule though and there are types of animal and plant cell that have no nucleus. The best known example of an animal cell is the red blood cell. Progenitor cells, cells that give rise to red blood cells all have nuclei but the mature red blood cell loses its nuclei. The cell transport oxygen and carbon dioxide around the body but all the proteins it needs to do this are in its cytoplasm and they are enzymes. This means they don't get used up in the reactions they participate in, so can be reused again and again. The cell can therefore do without protein synthesis and, as it doesn't divide, it needs no nucleus. It can't keep going forever though, and red blood cells live for about 120 days before they are replaced.

In the plant, the cells of the xylem, the tubes that run up and down the cell and are used to carry water from the roots to the leaves also lose their nucleus when they mature.
Simone Miller Profile
Simone Miller answered
Prokaryotic cells do not have a nucleus and are usually smaller and simpler than Eukaryotic cells. Prokaryotic cells we see today are bacteria.

Red blood cells also do not have a nucleus.
Paige Coleman Profile
Paige Coleman answered
Not all cell, the red blood cell does not have a nucleus to make more room for oxygen
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Anonymous answered
I think its red blood cells 4 humans but I'm not positive.
Bill Profile
Bill answered
All eukaryote cells have a nucleus (eukaryotes are basically everything except bacteria and archaea). Confusion sometimes occurs with red blood 'cells' which don't have a nucleus but are corpuscles rather than cells.
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Anonymous answered
There is one exception, red blood cell does not have one.
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Well according to my science teacher all cells have a nucleus except red blood cells in the human body! Tight but I fell asleep in class after that. So what I get a A in his class!
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Anonymous answered
No. The red blood cell does not have. Bacteria have only one cell and does not have nucleus too.

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