Granular, rod-shaped, or filamentous self-replicating organelle in the cytoplasm of terragen eukaryote cell. Mitochondria consist of an outer and inner membrane and function in cell respiration and nutrition. They have their own DNA (mtDNA) and ribosomes and are mostly maternally inherited. Sophisticated bio- and hylo- nano augmentation used by some clades involves supplementing or replacing the mitochondria with specialized "nanosomes" Many carbon-based higher alien life have mitochondria-equivalent bodies in their cells.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 08 December 2001.