About this Research Topic
Mitochondrial biology reinvented itself and became a new world that has attracted new scientists influencing every field of biomedical research. Mitochondrial research is growing and changing, as also reflected by the exponential rise of conferences covering mitochondrial biochemistry, physiology, genetics, pathology and the role of mitochondria in diseases ranging from Parkinson’s disease to metabolic diseases, genetic muscular dystrophies, immunology, and cancer. As the awareness of the essential role of mitochondria in pathology rose, a demand for new approaches to measure mitochondrial function resulted in the robust development of new forms of microscopy and spectroscopy that open windows into previously unknown aspects of mitochondrial biology. Two recent Conferences provided an outstanding representation of this state of affairs, the Gordon Research Conference Mitochondrial Dynamics and Signaling (Ventura, California March 17-22, 2019) and the FASEB Conference Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Dynamics in Health and Disease (Palm Springs, California May 19-24, 2019). Through participation in these meetings, we conceived the idea to cover some of these topics in the present Issue of Frontiers in Mitochondrial Research. Fitting the tradition of Frontiers, this issue will generate a platform where solid data as well as new concepts, as radical and courageous as they can be, will find a representation.
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