Shaking up cell biology
Researchers focus in on decades old mystery
Mitochondrial oscillations have quietly bewildered scientists for more than 40 years. Now, a team of scientists at National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has imaged mitochondria for the first time oscillating in a live animal, in this case, the salivary glands of laboratory rats. The report, published online today in the journal Cell Reports, shows the oscillations occur spontaneously and often in the rodent cells, which leads the researchers to believe the oscillations almost surely also occur in human cells.
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