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Name: Ibrahim
Status: educator
Grade: 6-8
Location: Outside U.S.
Country: Sierra Leone
Date: Spring 2013


Question:
What happens to the organelles in a cell when it accidentally dies? Do the organelles die with it or are they somehow incorporated?



Replies:
Hi Ibrahim,

Thanks for the question. When a cell dies, the organelles can be released to the exterior of the cell as the cell membrane disintegrates. Also, the organelles can be digested and broken down into smaller parts (molecules). Yes, organelles do die with the cell.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have more questions. Thanks Jeff



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