Sunday, March 20, 2016
We each have a complete human genome “on the outside.” But on the inside we have a separate genome for the very primitive, if not primordial, single cells that dwell in our cells: the mitochondria. We could call them our “mommychondria” because, unlike our outer genome -- half from Mom and half from Dad -- the mitochondria are inherited solely from our mothers. It seems the mitochondrial bathing suits on the sperm are stripped away and left at the ovum door. The mitochondria affect vital functions like assisting cells in converting nutrients to energy and, more strategically, facilitating the body in overall health, disease prevention, and longevity.