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Giant Microbes Cells at Work Red Blood Cell - Planet Microbe

Giant Microbes Cells at Work Red Blood Cell



Red Blood Cells are responsible for transporting oxygen in the body and carbon dioxide to the lungs via the circulatory system. They appear red due to the chemical hemoglobin.


Since AE3803 is still a rookie, she gets lost often and ends up finding trouble frequently. However, she displays the determination of a hardworking cell and always manages to overcome difficult situations.FACTS: Red blood cells, or erythrocytes, contain the hemoglobin that carries oxygen and carbon dioxide around the body. (Erythro means red in Greek, and cyte translates to cell). Hemoglobin gives red blood cells their characteristic colour. When it is oxygen-rich, it appears reddish; when oxygen-poor, it is darker and bluish.

Although erythrocytes are flexible (which permits them to squeeze through capillaries), they typically have a distinctive biconcave shape that helps maximise surface area to facilitate the exchange of gases.

A normal person can have more than 10,000,000,000,000 erythrocytes in their body! So don't fret if a few escape. And think about giving some away too. Donated blood can only be stored for six weeks and is constantly required to save the lives of accident victims and surgical patients, and to help manage chronic diseases. If you're healthy, you've got lots to spare. So have a heart - it's a bloody good idea!