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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
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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