The biochemists studied yeast cells and found that mitochondria, which generates 90 percent of the cell's energy, can be the deciding factor "“ the "brain power" "“ behind how fast cells divide.
"The finding changes the traditional view of the mitochondrion from an "˜energy depot' at the service of its larger cellular host to a "˜command center' that directs cell division," Polymenis said.
Polymenis said the research showed that when a yeast cell's mitochondria decided to "turn on the switch," the cell's nucleus "“ which carries most of the genetic material "“ received the message and cell division began.
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