What Do Ribosomes Do

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is a great question. A little biology might be the best place to start to answer this question. Ribosomes are chiefly located in the central cytoplasm of a cell. I say chiefly, because ribosomes can be found elsewhere as well.

Their main function is that they arrange twenty amino acids into particular strands. These strands are then turned into protein molecules.  From this perspective, ribosomes can be thought of as the building blocks of proteins - something essential for the human body to develop.

More specifically, the ribosomes arrange and prepare amino acids, so that the rest of the body can use it to grow and function. During this process, the amino acids are sent to the DNA and RNA for further processing. After all this, there is a conversion to energy for the body to use.