Not Just the Powerhouse of the Cell
Novel research reveals functional, cell-free mitochondria in the blood
Michael Schubert | | Quick Read
The mitochondrion is famous – if a popular Internet meme is anything to go by – as the “powerhouse of the cell.” But is it possible that mitochondria serve a purpose outside the cell? A research group led by Alain Thierry, Director of Research at INSERM, recently published a groundbreaking paper in which they identified fully functioning cell-free mitochondria in circulating blood (1). We spoke to Thierry to find out more.
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