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Science & Technology: Mitochondria and Mitochondrial Diseases—Badly Kept Secrets

Posted 01 October 2010

It would appear there is neither any link nor any obvious similarities among Parkinson's disease, exercise intolerance, diabetes and organ failure in sepsis except that each is a health problem. Anything else common to this disparate group would have to be quite fundamental. Such is the case: we now know that the common link is the mitochondrion, which has been deemed the mighty dynamo of the cell.1 Each of the conditions listed results from a pathology that inhibits mitochondrial activity and results in failure to provide the necessary energy for normal metabolic processes.

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