Mitochondria made their way into popular culture back in 1973 with the publication of Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult novel, A Wind in the Door. Although, as far as we know, mitochondria don’t really sing – they truly are the source of cellular energy.
Mitochondria – Tiny Generators
Mitochondria combine oxygen and various nutrients to create the ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which powers the metabolism of a call through aerobic respiration. This process is vital to our existence, and the reason that we breathe oxygen.
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