Differences Between Bacteria And Eukaryotes

Last Updated on March 19, 2022 by QCity Editorial Stuff

Bacteria are single-celled organisms that have no nucleus or membrane-bound organelles. They reproduce by cell division, which is called binary fission. Eukaryotes are multicellular organisms that include fungi, plants, and animals with a nucleus. The most notable difference between bacteria and eukaryotes is the presence of the nucleus in eukaryotic cells. 

Bacteria can be harmful to humans because they live in environments where many different types of bacteria exist (such as your gut), some of which may not be good for you (e.g., Salmonella). Bacterial infections can cause abscesses, boils, conjunctivitis, endocarditis, meningitis, and tuberculosis; some bacterial infections may cause pneumonia, food poisoning, and sexually transmitted diseases.

The differences between Eukaryotes and Bacteria are vast, but the most significant difference is that they occupy different places on the tree of life. Bacteria share a common ancestor with Archaea and seem to have evolved from an ancient group of organisms known as prokaryotes. One major distinction in their physical makeup is that bacteria contain only one chromosome per cell while eukaryotes often contain many chromosomes (e.g., humans). This makes it possible for bacteria to reproduce faster than eukaryotes because each bacterium can be its parent and produce offspring without waiting for another organism’s genetic material to combine with theirs. The diversity within bacterial species also means that they’re able to perform more complicated tasks such as synthesizing their nutrients, with some even having the ability to fix nitrogen (in the case of Rhizobium) and break down organic compounds.

Comparison Between Bacteria And Eukaryotes

Parameters Of ComparisonBacteriaEukaryotes
Cell Bacteria are prokaryotesEukaryotes are eukaryotic cells
Wall All bacteria have cell wallsall Eukaryotic cells do
Unicellular Bacteria can be unicellular or multicellularEukaryotes are only single-celled organisms
Single-celled Bacteria are single-celled organismseukaryotes are more complex
Nucleus bacteria do notbacteria do not

What Is Bacteria?

What Is Bacteria

Bacteria are single-celled organisms that can be found all over the world, on and within every living thing. They’re so small you could fit thousands of them into a drop of water and they’re everywhere! There are good bacteria, bad bacteria, helpful bacteria, harmful bacteria. We’ll talk about some examples later in this post but first, let’s take a look at what exactly makes up one cell of a bacterium. 

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Bacteria are microscopic living organisms that can cause illness or disease. They can be found almost anywhere in the environment, including on the skin and inside the body. Bacteria are typically thought of as harmful, but not all bacteria are bad. Some kinds of bacteria help keep our bodies healthy by keeping other types of harmful microbes away. The good kinds of bacteria live in our intestines and make vitamins for us to use as well as aid digestion. There is even evidence that suggests certain beneficial bacteria may prevent cancer! However, some forms of bacterial infections can cause problems such as food poisoning and serious respiratory illnesses like pneumonia and tuberculosis (CDC). 

What Are Eukaryotes?

What Are Eukaryotes

Eukaryotes are a type of organism that contains a nucleus, mitochondria, and other organelles. The eukaryotic cells contain DNA which is found in the nucleus, as well as cytoplasm for their organelles. Eukaryotes can be prokaryotes or plants. They have different features such as size and shape depending on what they do for their living environment. For instance, if you were to compare an amoeba to a dandelion it would be hard to tell them apart because both live in water and rely on chloroplasts from the sun for energy; however, upon closer inspection, you would find that one has flagella (and other body parts) while the other does not because one is prokaryotic and the other eukaryotic.

10 Differences Between Bacteria And Eukaryotes

Cell: Bacteria are prokaryotes while Eukaryotes are eukaryotic cells.

Wall: All bacteria have cell walls, but not all Eukaryotic cells do.

Unicellular: Bacteria can be unicellular or multicellular, but most Eukaryotes are only single-celled organisms.

DNA: The nucleus is the structure that contains DNA in a bacterium while it is found outside of the nucleus in a Eukaryote.

Flagella: Bacterial flagella move by spinning around their long axis whereas cilia move by pushing water back and forth. 

Motility: There are three main types of bacterial motility (twitching, gliding, and swarming), but there is no such thing as true motility among eukaryotes.

Single-Celled: Bacteria are single-celled organisms while eukaryotes are more complex.

Nucleus: Eukaryotes have a nucleus, which bacteria do not.

Type: Some of the most common types of bacteria include Escherichia coli and Streptococcus pneumonia.

Size: The size range for bacteria is between 1 micrometer and 10 micrometers in length, while the size range for eukaryotic cells is from 10 to 100 microns long.

Reproduce: Bacteria reproduce by binary fission or through conjugation with another bacterium.

Interesting Statistics Or Facts Of Bacteria

1. Bacteria are found in almost every part of the human body.

2. There are more bacteria cells on your skin than you have human cells.

3. Scientists believe that there could be up to 10 times as many bacterial cells in your gut as all the other types of microorganisms combined.

4. The average person has about 2 pounds (or 1 kilogram) of bacteria living inside their digestive tract at any given time.

5. Bacteria can also be found in soil, water, and air.

6. It is estimated that over 500 different species live inside our intestines alone.

Interesting Statistics Or Facts Of Eukaryotes

1. Eukaryotes are the most common form of life on Earth.

2. The animal kingdom is made up of about 96% eukaryotes.

3. There are more than 200,000 species of eukaryotes.

4. Eukaryotic cells have a nucleus that contains their DNA and often other organelles as well.

5. A cell wall protects the contents inside a eukaryotic cell from outside forces.

6. Most plants are classified as eukaryotes because they contain chloroplasts in their cells to help them make food with sunlight.

Conclusion About The Differences Between Bacteria And Eukaryotes

Bacteria and eukaryotes are different in many ways. The conclusion of the blog post should include an overview of how these two organisms differ from each other, including their similarities and differences.  For example, Bacteria is considered a prokaryote because it lacks a nucleus while Eukarya has a nuclear membrane that separates DNA inside the cell’s cytoplasm from proteins outside the nucleus. However, both bacteria and eukaryotes have ribosomes for protein production as well as mitochondria to produce energy through aerobic respiration. They also use lipids such as fats or oils to build walls around themselves called membranes which protect against external threats like temperature changes, toxins, etc.). 


Resource 01: https://www.genome.gov/genetics-glossary/Bacteria#:~:text
Resource 02: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular-biology/eukaryote

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