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This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature, a Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing-led team reports on the discovery that mutations in maternally transmitted mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, may aggravate aspects of normal human aging. The investigators created a series of mouse mutants to investigate the impact of inherited mtDNA mutations on aging, and they found that maternally transmitted mtDNA mutations can induce mild aging phenotypes in some wild-type mice.

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