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What does mitochondrial disease look like?

Mitochondrial disease takes many different forms. It can look like any number of better-known diseases: autism, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, muscular dystrophy and chronic fatigue syndrome. Power plants provide energy to a large community with each part of the community requiring varying degrees of power; in the same way, mitochondria provide energy to various organs of the body. So, when there is a malfunction, a black out looks like Leigh’s Disease -- severe and fatal -- while a brown out might be severe, but not lethal.

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