Mitochondria are sausage-shaped organelles found in animal cells. They have their own DNA and can replicate themselves independent of the cell in which they reside. Their main function is in cellular respiration.
Phloem - Living plant tissue located just beneath the bark and outside of the cambium layer. Phloem cells conduct sugars and other organic materials downward from the leaves towards the trunk and roots.
You may have only recently heard of mitochondrial disease, but you surely have heard of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, ALS, the Gulf War Syndrome and many others. Research tells us that mitochondrial dysfunction is at the core of these more well-known diseases that affect millions of people globally.