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In cell respiration, why is energy harvested in many small steps instead of one or two large ones?

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First, what is the question asking you? In essence, it is asking which is easier to control, the slow release of energy in a large series of chemical reactions (or steps) versus the rapid release of energy in a few chemical reactions (or steps).
<br><br>To answer this question, consider the following analogies. In a nuclear reactor, the control rods control the rate at which atomic particles interact. When all the control rods are pushed into ...

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This job thoroughly defines and explains cell respiration.