The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

A Mitochondrial Paradigm for Degenerative Diseases, Aging and Cancer: Why do we still have a Maternally Inherited Mitochondrial DNA?

Douglas Wallace (University of California, Irvine)

When: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 4:00pm - 5:30 pm
Where: Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences
Name: Craig Cameron
Phone: 814-863-8705

Dr. Wallace is one of the nation s leading genetics researchers, helping to discover how defects in inherited genes contribute to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson s and Alzheimer s. Through his research, Wallace has shown that defects in mitochondrial genes are major contributors to degenerative diseases, cancer and aging. A recent study of his, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows a link between mitochondrial DNA mutations and prostate cancer. He's using that link now to test non-toxic drugs to kill prostate cancer in mice.

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