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Gene May 'Bypass' Disease-linked Mitochondrial Defects, University of Tampere Study


5/12/2009 7:31:53 AM

ScienceDaily (May 12, 2009) — By lending them a gene normally reserved for other classes of animals, researchers have shown they can rescue flies from their Parkinson's-like symptoms, including movement defects and excess free radicals produced in power-generating cellular components called mitochondria. The gene swap also protects healthy flies' mitochondria, and to a large extent the flies themselves, from the damaging effects of cyanide and other toxins, the team reports in the May issue of Cell Metabolism.

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