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What is (or are) a mitochondrial disease?

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David Escobar
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In brief: Definition of Mito.

Mitochondria are specific organelles within our cells.
They are essentially the energy-producing factories of the cells; they produce (among other things) a molecule called atp (adenosine triphosphate), which is the energy currency of the body. There are a few mitochondrial diseases; these diseases specifically affect this very important structure within our cells.

In brief: Definition of Mito.

Mitochondria are specific organelles within our cells.
They are essentially the energy-producing factories of the cells; they produce (among other things) a molecule called atp (adenosine triphosphate), which is the energy currency of the body. There are a few mitochondrial diseases; these diseases specifically affect this very important structure within our cells.
David Escobar
David Escobar
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