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Mitochondria Aren’t Just the Powerhouse of the Cell

Mitochondria are so much more than the powerhouse of the cell. In this episode, Patrick explores why this organelle is so unique and introduces new research that you probably didn’t hear about in school.
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“The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell,” has got to be the most repeated line in biology. It has been firmly inserted into our middle school textbooks for years, and the powerhouse nickname stems from the mitochondria’s energy production capabilities, but the mitochondria offers so much more than that.

To start, when discussing all the mitochondria in our bodies, we use mitochondrion for singular, mitochondria for plural.

Each Mitochondrion looks different from cell to cell, and there are hundreds of thousands of mitochondria floating around in your cells—though that number also depends on what tissue we are referring to.

But, regardless of shape and number, all mitochondria do have some structural things in common: They each have two membranes—one outer layer, one inner layer, and some space in between them.

While the outer membrane works like a protective but permeable layer, letting different compounds in or out of the mitochondrion, the inner membrane is where some important biology happens to manufacture ATP (or Adenosine triphosphate, an organic compound that provides energy to drive processes in living cells).

So how did we develop mitochondria and what are all the things they do for our bodies?

Find out more about endosymbiosis theory and all the different roles your mitochondria play in this Human.

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37 comments

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    My mitochondria are off the charts. Over twenty thousand!

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    Concepts of Biology

    https://youtu.be/Xo-C6yjiftY

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    Years of academy trainings wasted……

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    pausing the video Before watching the video I just wanna say one little thing… The cell is the power mitochondria of the house. That's it! Thank you! Let's continue watching. resuming

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    Star Wars may the force be with you .

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    The most scientific popular meme

    Also
    Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell!

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    So, how do these connect us to the Force?

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    Awesome summary!

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    Suleyman Bozkurt

    Females are not the only source of mitochondria and mitochondrial DNA. Paternal mitochondria also contribute. https://www.pnas.org/content/115/51/13039

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    Hi. Can you make a video about chloroplast too? Thank you.

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    matusala beyene

    The mitochondria is the power house of the cell

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    Term limits Com

    So that explains why each generation of males become more feminine …. eventually becoming hermaphrodite.

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    POWER Puff girl of the cell !!!

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    Biology Harsha erapuram

    https://youtu.be/2z3CiT-eByA

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    Rafi Ahmed Chowdhury

    6:22 "Sequencing that mitochondrial DNA and comparing genomes has allowed researchers to trace people back to a single female ancestor in Africa thousands of years ago"
    Wait what? Can someone give me a little clarification on it?

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    i learned somewhere that the body is sort of a self tuning instrument. i think if the mitochondria(which for all intents and purposes is a separate entity within everyone) can be aware of cancer cells it reasons to think it may initiate a defense mechanic..the issue is it doesnt know and thinks the cure is the virus

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    years of academy wasted

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    A look beyond the sunroof

    I am gonna edit this comment before it gets a like

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    Not Pumpkin spice

    t h e m i t o c h o n d r i a i s t h e p o w e r h o u s e o f t h e c e l l

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    SO I HAVE BEEN LIED TO THIS WHOLE TIME

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    DeepFriedWaffles

    the powerhouse is the mitochondria of the cell

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    Deathlock420 1

    Years of acadomy training wasted

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    Monkey4274 Gaming

    ExCuSe Me?!?!11

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    Just a random gamer

    teachers: but how!?
    Seeker: well, just because i did.

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    Starbucks is the powerhouse of Target

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    If you think about it we we are all related to all plants and animals since we share that one ancestor cell that engulfed the mitochondrion

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    The powerhouse is the mitochondria of cells

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    The mitochlorian is the powerhouse of the Jedi cells

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    mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell 🙂

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    My whole life was a lie.

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    tazinaakter ridy

    Pover house of cell

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    Lies, deception

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    professorJorgeZermeno11

    I will never get laid.

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    hahahaha hehehehe yes sir,thats right,but why have an motohondrial genome inside of the prediction spermcell of the human body.,

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    mitochondrial genom mean it is the birddings for inside the hole..bleesed for the dreanning is dryieng agean.,pasensya hindi ako marunong mag english never kase ako nag say sead of talking about english e..in hole of my life…dahil i hate english talking that it.,

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