By: Victoria Northington
Christopher Newport University Senior | Biology Major
When we think about fitness, we often attribute our strength and endurance to personal success and hard work. However, scientists’ recently have discovered that the energy reserve that we use to simply lift a dumbbell can be traced back to our DNA. More specifically, we inherit these amazing organelles directly from our mothers!
What are Mitochondria?
Mitochondria are “cellular organelles that function as power plants within a cell” (Khambatta, 2014). Their job is to breakdown and oxidize fatty acids, carbohydrates, and amino acids from food to form energy.
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