| What is mitochondria?|
|Question Date: 2016-04-24|
Mitochondria are tiny organelles that produce
the energy the cell needs to function. Imagine
if the cell is like a large factory, the
mitochondria would be like an in-house electricity
generator that allows the factory to run. Hope
Mitochondria are tiny compartments found within
cells and they convert the energy in food we
eat into energy that the cell can use. They
are like the "gas station" for cells and provide
cells with energy.
Mitochondria are tiny organelles - like organs,
but part of a cell - that serves to produce energy
for the cell.
They are very complicated, and
once long ago were free-living bacteria that got
absorbed into the ancestors of the cells they are
now part of.
Mitochondria is one part of the tiny cells that
make up plants and animals (and a few other groups
of organisms such as fungi). The mitochondria
is kind of like the energy generator for the
cell and each cell can have many mitochondria
in them. The mitochondria do a few different
things but their largest job is to make a lot of
energy that powers the cells so that the cells can
do their different jobs.
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