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The Fluid Mosaic Model

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    We use the fluid mosaic model to describe the cell membrane. This indicates that the cell membrane is not rigid, instead it is flexible. Also the phospholipids can move around a bit, and there are other molecules embedded in the membrane. 

    If you look at this image you can see there are proteins, and carbohydrates also found in the cell membrane.