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A clean energy programme

Mitochondria supply cells with energy, but in the process produce potentially damaging oxidants. It seems that a protein required to produce new mitochondria also protects against the resulting oxidative damage.

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Figure 1: PGC-1α in mitochondrial biogenesis and antioxidant defence1,2,3.

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Finkel, T. A clean energy programme. Nature 444, 151–152 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/444151a

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