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Kids’ Cells Okay After Maternal Cancer

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Mitochondria – cellular structures known as the “power plants” of the cell – are inherited exclusively from the mother. These organelles contain their own DNA (mtDNA), which is highly vulnerable to damage by environmental insults – for example radiation exposure to the ovaries during treatment for childhood cancer. Because such damage could be passed on […]