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Researchers show for the first time that mitochondria are altered in human model of Parkinson’s disease.


It has long been suspected that the most common mutation linked to both sporadic and familial Parkinson’s disease wreaks its havoc by altering the function of mitochondria in neurons that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. This theory is based on previous research involving fruit flies.  Now, using stem cells derived from patients who have Parkinson’s disease, researchers at the Buck Institute

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