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Usually that would mean the bacteria would die, but for some it makes no difference, and may make them resistant to some antibiotics (penicillin)
I think you've got cell wall and cell plasma membrane confused. Some(most?) bacteria have a cell wall which surrounds the cell membrane. Plant cells also have a cell wall surrounding their cell membrane.
So what happens in a bacteria that causes it to develop without a cell wall and only have a membrane?
Quote from: Karen W. on 27/11/2007 18:33:41So what happens in a bacteria that causes it to develop without a cell wall and only have a membrane?A genetic mutation... hasn't that been said already ?
If the bacteria have cell walls or not is up to the bacterium, not you! Different types of Antibiotics can disrupt bacterial cells in other ways than damaging the cell wall. There are antibiotics that stop bacterial cell division or protein synthesis.