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Mitochondria and Aging

This interview portrays how aging has lately been linked to mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage. Mitochondrial DNA provides energy to the cells; when damaged, they do not provide the energy they need to help you function properly and you get sick. Damaged mitochondrial DNA in genetic diseases is similar to damaged mitochondrial DNA seen in older humans, only the damage presents itself much sooner. Humans are programmed to overeat-to "store up for winter," but by overeating, mtDNA produces oxygen radicals that damage our bodies.

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Resource Type: Non-journal article
Audience Level: Middle school 6-8, High school lower division 9-10, High school upper division 11-12, Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate, Professional (degree program), General public & informal education, Continuing education

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Authors and Editors: Douglas C. Wallace of University of California at Irvine
Publisher: AIBS
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