Something else in the body seems to make ATP
April 3, 2013 11:52 AM Subscribe
And it doesn't seem to be Mitochondria.
I've always been fascinated by Mitochondria http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrion for two reasons. One: they have their own genes and reproduce on their own while living in human body cells. Two: they turn the food we eat into a specialized molecule, ATP, that powers almost everything the Cell or the rest of the human body does. They are so small that we only get them from our Mothers in the Egg because they're too big to go into sperm cells but *they* provide the energy for everything we do. Turns out there is something hidden in Nerve cells that also makes the energy (ATP) that turns the wheels of Cell machinery.
This post was deleted for the following reason: Seems like maybe neat news but this is a really short article about it and posts to the front page of Metafilter need to be a little bit less "here's my personal thoughts on the subject" in their framing. -- cortex