What Is the Main Function of Ribosomes?

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Ribosomes are a type of organelle found in every cell, and their main function is to synthesize proteins for use throughout the cell. In the ribosomes, individual amino acids are arranged into long protein chains according to the sequence of mRNA, or messenger RNA. It is the ribosome's job to read the sequence of mRNA and translate it into the correct sequence of amino acids for each protein that must be made.