Powering the Cell: Mitochondria

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Together Harvard University and XVIVO developed this 3D animation journey for Harvard’s undergraduate Molecular and Cellular Biology students about the microscopic world of mitochondria. The animation highlights the creation of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) — mobile molecules which store chemical energy derived from the breakdown of carbon-based food. ATP molecules act as a kind of currency, imparting chemical energy to power all the functional components of cellular activity. This piece is the second in a series of award winning animations XVIVO is creating for Harvard’s educational website BioVisions at Harvard. The first program, Inner Life of the Cell, received international acclaim and can be seen both on our website and the BioVisions site.


47 thoughts on “Powering the Cell: Mitochondria

  1. kharanshu saini

    It´s the mitochondria that keep us up and going. With age they are dying and with a reduced number you will feel that you are older and finally die as well. The only way to increase again the number of mitochondria is to take PQQ, which is a natural and clinically proven way not just to promote the protection of existing mitochondria but even the growth new mitochondria, regardless of your current age. I take PQQActive, which has given me my energy back.

  2. Timmy B

    Amazing to know that all of this happened through random selection…one pile of mistakes on top of another to form a perfectly created being…We hate God that much!

  3. Cody Martinson

    How can anyone educated in these matters deny the existence of god? Evolution, which theorizes that this entire system spontaneously assembled itself, makes no sense whatsoever. Darwin himself said that the discovery of irreducible complexity would dis prove his theory. Well, here we have it. Irreducible complexity.

  4. Luke Black

    Ok i understand that this is just a visual representation of what we "think" goes on in the human body.. 
    So if these molecules representing energy (the ones that are lit up) then, how do we figure out what the pure energy is made of? if it is light (photons), what gives photons there energetic glow? i know the answer is somewhere in the electromagnetism and thermal energy.. but what makes those energies.. energy? Or is it all down to the breaking down of one major source of energy, then being transformed into other sources of energy?

    This whole thing has my head in a twist.. 

  5. tristan smith

    +Luke Black  you do know that in the cell it is the chemical reactions that produce the mechanical power, and i.t.o light all it is is the alteration of electron energy states within atoms thereby changing their charges so that their interactions are different thereby further giving us chemical energy, feel free to correct me on anything i have said though i can only reply much later as i have chemistry exams from monday onward's, but i will check for replies.

  6. Yuri

    I'm in tears. The human body is fascinating!!! Thanks to chemical evolution, coacervates, DNA, RNA etc. We're all dust of the stars…

  7. Ritoru

    I came here from the dank memes of the pharaohs of the gods of egypt of the 2nd of the jesus of the holy of the andrew of the FAZE of the matta. hi

  8. Wartortle

    I am seriously only here because I've been hunting down this video that we watched in Science class with the song "Finale" from Halo 3 is was part of the same playlist.

  9. Robert Green

    How can something as amazing and organised as this come about from an inanimate object and self willed a gradual process to become what it is. I say a great designer its absolutely incredible, the painting is proof of a painter.


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