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  • Light-activated technique helps bring cell powerhouses back into balance

    Portrait of Kai Zhang

    University of Illinois biochemistry professor Kai Zhang and collaborators developed a technique using light to regulate mitochondria, the energy-producing powerhouses inside cells. The technique could address mitochondrial diseases and cancer.

    Photo courtesy of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology


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  • Editor’s notes: This news release is adapted from content provided by the University of Cincinnati. For more information, contact Tim Tedeschi, Public Information Officer, University of Cincinnati,; or Kai Zhang, University of Illinois,

    The paper “Light-activated mitochondrial fission through optogenetic control of mitochondria-lysosome contacts” is available online. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-31970-5