Endosymbiosis

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Endosymbiosis

The endosymbiotic theory proposes the engulfing, but not digesting, of prokaryotic cells by eukaryotic cells resulted in a mutually benefitting relationship, or symbiosis. This theory explains the presence of mitochondria in eukaryotic cells as well as a an individual mitochondrial genome, separate from the main genome of a eukaryotic cell.[1]


Reference

  1. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/organelles/
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