If there’s one thing my 9th-grade science teacher taught me, it’s that THE MITOCHONDRIA IS THE POWERHOUSE OF THE CELL! This memetic bit of knowledge has been stuck in my brain for years. Thanks, Mr. Thompson. Your biology teacher may have even hammered the point into your head, too. The fact that we all still remember it probably proves Mr. Thompson’s point: the Mitochondria is pretty damn important! But have you ever wondered what would happen if the powerhouse of the cell stopped living up to its name?