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Name: Mark H.
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Age: 14
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Date: September 2004


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How is energy stored and released by ATP? How is this energy translated into biological operations?



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The energy stored in the excited electron pair comprising the covalent phosphodiester bonds of ATP is released when the bonds are cleaved and then this energy can be used to drive virtually any of the synthetic (uphill) chemical reactions in the cell, for example DNA and RNA synthesis, protein synthesis and in the case of photosynthetic plant cells, glucose synthesis from co2 and water.

Regards, Ron Baker, Ph.D.



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