Whoa!! Did you hear about the Chicago Tylenol Murders? Seven people died after ingesting Tylenol pills that had cyanide in them!
Oh dear! Rest in peace folks! We should talk to a professional about this! This is very interesting and exciting! Let's go!
Before we go in to see Mr. Muhammad Ali, we should talk a little more about this unfortunate event. I did a little more research and discovered it had to do with the cellular respiration.
What is cellular respiration and where does it take place? I also do not know who you are and where I am.
Well, cellular respiration is where the food we eat is converted to energy through a series of processes. It takes place in the mitochondria of our cells.
How interesting! I can't wait to tell my friends! What are the processes? Wait, what friends?
The first step is glycolysis, and this takes place in the cytoplasm. A glucose molecule, made of phosphate, carbon, and oxygen, is broken down to 2 pyruvate acids by NAD+. NAD+ is now NADH because it was given electrons when the glucose molecule broke down. Did I mention that carbon dioxide is a by-product?
Okay, go off!
The next step is the Krebs Cycle. Here it generates chemical energy, such as ATP, NADH, and FADH(2). It also provides the electrons and hydrogens for the next step in cellular respiration, which is the electron transport chain.
Are we just going to ignore the fact that there are prisoners walking around Dr. Muhammdi Ali's office with balls chained to their ankles?
The last step is the electron transport chain. This part is confusing and those with little to no knowledge will get lost. Basically, hydrogen atoms pass through the ATP synthase. Then at the end, you have oxygen that combines with the hydrogen atom to make water and the final product 32 ATP! Wow, that was a lot! Now let's go in to talk to the doctor. Aang? Aaaanng?? Where'd you go?