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A cell with a nucleus.

Use in clinical context

The majority of cells in the body contain a nucleus, with the exception of red blood cells and platelets. As these cells lack a nucleus they do not contain a copy of the genome. When extracting DNA for a genomic or genetic test it needs to come from nucleated cells.

Related terms

Cell | Eukaryote | Genome | Nucleus | Prokaryote

Last updated on 31st May, 2019