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Comment regarding ATP synthesis

While it was fascinating (and slightly embarrassing) to learn that we have known since 2003 that approximately 29 ATP molecules are produced per glucose, not 36-38, I must take issue with the connected statement that "Only about 30%the energy released by the cellular respiration of glucose is captured in the production of ATP..." Despite the drop from 40% to 30%, as is my understanding, CR, and ATP Synthase particularly, is still the most efficient engine as far as retaining energy not lost to heat on Earth.


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