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Mitochondria: back to the future - Nature.com


Nature.com
Much of the first half of the 20th century was devoted to discovering metabolic pathways and processes, including those linked to the mitochondria. By the 1970s, there was a consensus as to how the mitochondria generate ATP and metabolites for ...

Evolution acceptance in children linked to aptitude, not belief - Science Daily


Science Daily
Previous studies in the USA have shown that adults that strongly reject evolution are often highly educated but reject the scientific consensus owing to conflicts with their belief systems. This phenomenon is also seen for other emotive subjects such ...

Rhino Poachers Prosecuted Using DNA Database - Scientific American


Scientific American
A genetic database that holds DNA from thousands of African rhinoceroses has secured the convictions of poachers and led to stiffer criminal sentences since its establishment eight years ago, researchers say. However, not all scientists are convinced ...

X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy Database (X-ALD)

Amsterdam - Netherlands

X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) is the most frequent inherited disorder of the central nervous system white matter with a minimum incidence of 1 in 17.000 newborns. It is a progressive, systemic metabolic disease that affects myelin, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, adrenal cortex and testis. The disease is caused by mutations in the ABCD1 gene.

The X-ALD database was initiated July 1999 by Hugo W. Moser, M.D. and Stephan Kemp, Ph.D. The primary aims of the database are:
* Catalogue and facilitate the analysis of X-ALD mutations,
* Provide background information on X-ALD,
* Provide links to X-ALD patient organizations, and
* Help with contacting and finding (local) X-ALD health care professionals.

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