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    Fatty acid complement in bacterial membrane

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    A bacterium is in the process of acclimating to a lower temperature environment. How would you expect the fatty acid complement in the bacterial membrane to change in response to the lower temperature? Why?

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    There are a few useful correlations between fatty acids and melting point that are useful to learn:

    1. Long chain fatty acids have a higher melting point than shorter chain.

    2. Saturated fatty acids have a higher melting point than unsaturated fatty acids

    3. Fatty acids with trans-double bonds have a higher melting point than those with cis-double bonds.

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