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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Where Science Meets Society


Power Surge
Power Surge
Zeiss LSM 880 Airyscan; Imaris 3D visualization package
Vladimir Kolossov and Kaviamuthan Kanakaraju
Rex Gaskins Laboratory
Funded by the NIH

Mitochondria, the cellular structures that convert food into energy, are essential for maintaining chemical balances and signaling systems. Each dot shown here represents a single mitochondrion. Energy requirements within a tissue influence the distribution of mitochondria, and this in turn influences other activities of the cell, including disease processes and cell death. Tracking the distribution of mitochondria may suggest new ways to treat a multitude of diseases, including cancer.