During the 1930s and 1940s, A. L. Hodgkin and Andrew Huxley experimented with the giant axons of squid by inserting a microelectrode into the axon to measure voltage. The results of their experiment showed that the axon has a negative resting potential. What does this mean in terms of the distribution of charge across the membrane?

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The inside of the cell rapidly loses sodium ions to the outside.

  

The inside of the cell is negative relative to the outside.

  

There is an equal distribution of positive and negative ions across the membrane.

  

The inside of the cell is positive relative to the outside of the cell.

 

asked Dec 31, 2012 in Biology by anonymous
    

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The inside of the cell is negative relative to the outside.

 

answered Dec 31, 2012 by anonymous

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