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Mitochondria

The mitochondrion earns its moniker, the powerhouse of the cell, as the site of one of the most important processes in our body: cellular respiration. Taking in glucose and oxygen, mitochondria produce energy, which they capture and package as energy-rich molecules of ATP. This document describes the structures and functions that help make some of the cell's most important processes possible.

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