Mitochondrial Disease Biobank Introduction
The Mitochondrial Disease Biobank was established at Mayo Clinic in 2009. Our mission is to collect blood and tissue samples from patients with known or suspected mitochondrial diseases and their family members to aid the advancement of mitochondrial medical research and medicine.
Mitochondrial diseases occur when structures within a cell (organelles) that produce energy for that cell malfunction. Approximately 1000 children per year in the U.S. are born with some form of mitochondrial disease. Most often, mitochondrial disorders are inherited. However, an uncertain percentage of patients acquire symptoms due to other factors, including exposure to mitochondrial toxins and aging.
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