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Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:851
  1. John Alcolado (, reader in medicine and consultant physician
  1. Cardiff University School of Medicine

    Mitochondria are truly fascinating beasts. While many of us find it difficult to become excited about vesicles, ribosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, or even the Golgi apparatus, it is difficult not to become entranced by the tiny organelles that fuel our existence. As with so many objects of admiration, it is difficult to be precise about what we find so enthralling. Is it that they posses their own DNA? That gram for gram they generate more energy than the sun? Or that they may …

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