Genetic map reveals clues to degenerative disease

Researchers have unlocked the blueprints to the “power plants” within cells, providing clues that could help treat a range of degenerative diseases.

The researchers produced the first highly detailed map of the human mitochondrial transcriptome, which supplies energy to the body’s cells.

Mutations in mitochondrial DNA lead to a range of disorders and by examining which genes are expressed in certain environmental conditions, the researchers were able to determine changes in gene activity that may indicate or cause disease.

Read more at The University of Queensland