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Genetics

Failure in the Cell’s Powerhouses

How the Body Gets Lost while Assembling the Organs

Scientific name of the study

Imbalanced mitochondrial function provokes heterotaxy via aberrant ciliogenesis.

Our heart beats on the left side. Technically. In rare cases, a displacement of the organs occurs. In certain cases, they are completely disarranged. Medical experts refer to this condition as heterotaxy. A research team has now come as close to the causes as never before. The study took place at the Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects and was led by pharmacist Melanie Philipp, who is based at the University of Ulm.


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