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ATP Synthase: The Power Plant of the Cell

The Intelligent Design of Molecular Machines in the Cell: ATP Synthase is a molecular machine found in many living organisms. It serves as a miniature power-generator, producing an energy-carrying molecule, adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. The ATP synthase machine has many parts we recognize from human-designed technology, including a rotor, a stator, a camshaft or driveshaft, and other basic components of a rotary engine. This machine is just the final step in a long and complex metabolic pathway involving numerous enzymes and other molecules — all so the cell can produce ATP to power biochemical reactions, and provide energy for other molecular machines in the cell.