Fitness tools that monitor your daily use of energy, from counting steps to tracking sleep, have exploded in popularity. Researchers are developing better noninvasive, high-resolution methods to estimate how well the fundamental source of that energy — your mitochondria — are working, and they have recently had some important successes.
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By using existing human drugs to improve metabolism and restore shortened lifespans in microscopic worms, scientists have set the stage for human clinical trials of possible innovative therapies for mitochondrial disease.
Wallace studies mitochondria, tiny structures that serve as our cells’ “power plants,” converting food and oxygen into energy. Mitochondria are actually symbiotic bacteria that invaded our cells more than 2 billion years ago.