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How cells got their groove back

A bacterium has provided new clues into how our cells evolved and came to possess energy-producing units.

New research from the University of Sydney investigated the bacterium Midichloria mitochondrii.

It found that mitochondria may have entered our cells though a parasitic bacterium that used a tail to swim and could survive with almost no oxygen.

The research sheds new light on a process recognised as one of the major transitions in the history of life on earth. It is published in Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Read more at University of Sydney

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