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sugars to break molecular bonds, releasing ATP. By-products of this reaction are carbon dioxide and water. The process of photosynthesis can be assessed as: 6 CO2 + 6 H2O + Light Energy → C6H12O6 + 6 O2 This equation means that carbon from the air and water combine in the presence of sunlight to form sugars; O2 is released as a by-product of this reaction. In the end, we see that both photosynthesis and cellular reparation are needed for living organisms. Both work as biochemical pathways, continuously recycling and continuing the process. There are some differences and some similarities between them, as well. Plant cells contain chloroplasts. These little 'factories' within the plant cells use the compound chlorophyll to take the energy from sunlight and combine it with carbon dioxide and water to produce oxygen and glucose. Other 'factories' within the cell make use of the glucose molecule; these cell parts are called the mitochondria. Each mitochondrion takes glucose, breaks it down into atoms, and by mixing it with the atoms from more oxygen, and produces carbon dioxide, water and energy in a form that can be used by all cells. Resources: Eric J. Simon, Jean L. Dickey, Jane B. Reece, and Kelly A. Hogan. (2016). Campbell Essential Biology, 5th Ed . Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company ISBN: 9780321967671
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