Mitochondrial Mystery (Mootha)

Mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells, would have been good models for the “Got Milk?” campaign; they have an insatiable thirst for calcium. 

“It’s an incredibly strong phenomenon. When you give mitochondria a pulse of calcium, they just take in all of it,” said Vamsi Mootha, professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School and professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.