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Art of Science Gallery 07

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.