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What is the site of the production of ribosomes?

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In eukaryotes, organisms that have nuclei, ribosomes are produced within the nucleolus of a cell. The nucleolus is located within the cell's nucleus, where most of a cell's genetic information is stored.

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Ribosomes are cell organelles that are responsible for making proteins out of amino acids. Organisms need proteins to carry out life functions, such as growth and repair. Therefore, a tremendous number of ribosomes are sometimes required. For example, when mammal cells grow, they hold anywhere from 5 million to 10 million ribosomes. Each time a cell divides, the material inside, including the ribosomes, must be duplicated. The nucleolus, therefore, is often busy manufacturing ribosomes.

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