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    Anaerobic Cellular Respiration: Pyruvate Conversion Products

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    If the conversion of pyruvate to lactate or ethanol and CO2 doesn't yield any energy for anaerobic cells, why do they do it?

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    The fundamental reason is that oxygen is not required. The ability to survive without oxygen affords a host of living accommodations such as soils, deep water, and skin pores.

    In the absence of oxygen, glucose is not converted entirely to CO2 but to one or more two- or three-carbon compounds, and only in some cases to CO2. For instance, yeasts degrade glucose to two pyruvate molecules via glycolysis, generating a ...

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    The expert examines Pyruvate conversion products for anaerobic cellular respiration.

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