What Does the Mitochondria Do in a Cell?


The mitochondria act as a digestive system in a cell. They take in nutrients and break them down. This creates energy for the cell, and is called cellular respiration. Cellular respiration also takes place inside the mitochondria.
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Mitochondria are rod-shaped organelles that can be considered the power generators of the cell, converting oxygen and nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the chemical energy "currency" of the cell that powers the cell's metabolic...
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