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2005-06-07 18:15:00

Researchers have produced the strongest evidence yet that mitochondria "” the organelles that generate energy to power the cell "” also monitor oxygen concentration in the cell. If oxygen slips below a critical threshold, the mitochondrial "sensor" triggers protective responses to promote survival. Understanding how the cell senses and protects itself against hypoxia (low oxygen) has both important basic and clinical implications for biology and medicine, said one of the study's...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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