Mitochondria

The world of innovators have been looking to build a better battery for a while. The key problem they are looking to solve is to build something that is cheap, reliable, replicatable, sustainable and self generating perhaps? Its not for nothing that Elon Musk has paid billions to buy a company that makes solar batteries for his now famous Tesla’s. Evolution has already solved this problem a few million, perhaps even billions of years ago by creating something called Mitochondria.

Mitochondria are the powerhouses of your body. Their role is to create energy that is usable in your body through something called cellular respiration. They are also involved in cell replication and cell death. Mitochondria are very unique in that they have their own DNA, can make their own protein and can divide independent of its host cell. This scientist believe is a remnant of earlier times when they make have existed independent of your human body. Your body has a piece of history within it so to speak. The mitochondria has evolved to create a symbiotic relationship with your body by existing within, living off but simultaneously giving life to the body.

Mitochondria divide and multiply when your body needs energy. The more energy you need the more mitochondria your body will produce. Repeated use of a muscle group will for example generate mitochondria in that part of your body to meet the energy requirement. This is done through a process of replication where the cell simply divides into two to multiply. Your body faithfully replicates this process throughout your lifetime effectively without exhausting itself.

The next time you are at a technology conference that focuses on abundant power for humanity, you may want to mention that your body could probably fuel the energy needs of a hundred homes, if only you know where to connect the cord.

 

RBawri

Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.