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What happen's if one cell organelle quits working

  1. Mar 1, 2009 #1
    what happen's if one cell organelle quits working how does it affect the cell?
     
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  3. Mar 2, 2009 #2

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    Re: organelle

    Well that'd depend entirely on which organelle, how damaged it was, etc.

    I'd say the result would normally be either of two scenarios:
    A) The cell manages to keep on working, perhaps repairing/replacing the damaged organelle.
    B) Apoptosis. The 'self destruct button' gets triggered.
     
  4. Mar 2, 2009 #3
    Re: organelle

    One can "cure" yeast of their mitochondria. They grow more slowly and require fatty acid supplementation.
     
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