Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 6 April 2005
Vol. 2005, Issue 14, p. nf26
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2005.14.nf26]

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Power Cut

Older mitochondria lose their oomph

Mitch Leslie

http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2005/14/nf26

Abstract: Like California air conditioners in the summer of 2000, an elderly person's muscles run low on power. The brownouts stem not from the shenanigans of unscrupulous energy brokers but from faltering mitochondria, a new study shows. The work suggests that DNA damage in the cellular power plants unleashes changes that sabotage energy production.

Citation: M. Leslie, Power Cut. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2005 (14), nf26 (2005).

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