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This is quite a common exam question so I want to make sure my answer is completely right, I would put:

Its described as a universal energy currency because all types of cells, biological and metabolic process use ATP as a source of energy. In any organism the food that it consumes is converted to ATP.

Is this completely right, is there anything else worth adding?

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That sounds good, maybe add that it is often required for active transport of molecules across membranes, transport of molecules within the cell and for inducing shape changes in certain molecules giving rise to the necessary reactions in vital metabolic processes
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I agree with Tenrec. What you have said is on good terms but definitely include active transporting molecules!!
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Because there was a guy called 'Adam Terry-Percy' and he was really rich, so scientists used to joke that only Adam Terry Percy could afford to create all the energy needed in the cells, and that got shortened to ATP. It's so interesting, i really recommend the Bio-History course at Oxford Brookes.
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(Original post by Han-han-han)
Because there was a guy called 'Adam Terry-Percy' and he was really rich, so scientists used to joke that only Adam Terry Percy could afford to create all the energy needed in the cells, and that got shortened to ATP. It's so interesting, i really recommend the Bio-History course at Oxford Brookes.
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(Original post by CoronationStreet)
This is quite a common exam question so I want to make sure my answer is completely right, I would put:

Its described as a universal energy currency because all types of cells, biological and metabolic process use ATP as a source of energy. In any organism the food that it consumes is converted to ATP.

Is this completely right, is there anything else worth adding?

Thank you
In essence, it's because combusting food would cause cellular damage! Allows for controllable, slow ATP hydrolysis.

Used for so many things - vesicular transport and targeting, ARF, cytoskeletal contraction, motor proteins, etc.

So a lot to say about it!
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My trolling is rumbled!
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