Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Mitochondria and ALS.

This came in my daily news alert, and it says more about the connection between mitochondria and ALS. In the mice used in the study, mitochondria were also affected in the muscle cells. Since mitochondria are responsible for energy in cells, they fed some mice a fatty, high energy diet, and those mice lived 20% longer than the ALS mice who had a normal diet. The article didn't mention whether the longer-living mice ballooned to twice their normal size and got heart disease, but it does say that more research is needed.
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