Mitochondria’s role in neurodegenerative diseases clearer thanks to mouse study

19 septiembre 2014

A new study sheds light on a longstanding question about the role of mitochondria in debilitating and fatal motor neuron diseases and resulted in a new mouse model to study such illnesses. Mitochondria are organelles — compartments contained inside cells — that serve several functions, including making ATP, a nucleotide that cells convert into chemical energy to stay alive. For this reason mitochondria often are called «cellular power plants.»