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What are three differences between plant and animal cells?

Animal and plant cells differ in shape. Animal cells do not have a cell wall and are round and irregular in shape, whereas plant cells have a cell wall and are more structured and rectangular in shape. Plant cells can produce all twenty of the amino acids necessary to make protein, while animal cells can only produce half of these amino acids. Animal cells do not contain plastids, unlike plant cells, which have chloroplasts used for photosynthesis.

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Animal cells and plant cells are similar in several ways. For example, both are comprised of a nucleus and various organelles. Although there are similarities between these two types of cells, they also differ in many ways.

One of the main differences between these cells is their shape. Animal cells are less structured than plant cells. They are irregular and round in shape, whereas plant cells...

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