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Monday, September 19, 2016

‘backup’ mitochondrial genes

Engineering ‘backup’ mitochondrial genes to restore power to cells
September 16, 2016

Mitochondrion structure (credit: Kelvinsong; modified by Sowlos/CC) 
Re-engineered mutated mitochondrial genes could prevent incurable disorders and slow down aging
A new study by SENS Research Foundation, published in an open-access paper in the journal Nucleic Acids Research, explores the possibility of re-engineering mutated mitochondrial genes, which can otherwise lead to incurable disorders* and contribute to aging. Mitochondria have their own DNA, allowing them to create proteins to supply nutrients and energy to cells. But … more…

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