Sunday, September 26, 2010
The mitochondrion is an organelle, or in other words a tiny machine, found in every one of our cells. They range from 0.5 to 10 micrometers (μm) in diameter. Mitochondria are sometimes described as "cellular power plants" because they generate most of the cell's supply of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), used as a source of chemical energy.
The method used by the mitochondria to produce energy from oxygen, carbohydrates, fats and protein is called the citric acid cycle. This was discovered primarily by Hans Krebs in 1937.
Below is a diagram describing the cycle.
It's mind-boggling to consider that hundreds of trillions of these incredibly complex, incredibly tiny machines are working in our bodies each moment of our lives, making all other functioning possible. Thanks to modern science, we are able to appreciate even more deeply the infinite wisdom of our Creator. Our hearts should burst with love for Him.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 2:32 PM