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If an opinion poll were taken for the most popular component of mammalian cells, the result probably would be a 50-50 split: Half of respondents would likely vote hands down for the nucleus and the other half for the mitochondria—a decision that in no way diminishes or casts aspersions on the other hardworking constituents of cells.

Both the nucleus and mitochondria are critical membrane-bound organelles, with highly specialized roles. There are many, each with a specific role in the cell. The nucleus, only one per cell, is home to —DNA— the spiraling