Evergreen Science

Book: Evergreen Science

Chapter: 5. The Fundamental Unit of Life

Subject: Biology - Class 9th

Q. No. 8 of Periodic Test

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Why are lysosomes known as suicide-bags?

Lysosomes are membrane bound cell organelles that keep the cell clean by digesting unwanted substances. Lysosomes are filled with digestive enzymes that break down the unwanted harmful substances and organisms like bacteria. Sometimes, when the cell is damaged, the lysosomes burst open and the digestive enzymes digest or destroys its own cell. This is why they known as suicide-bags.

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