Published Online: 22 JUL 2003
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Thorsness, P. E. and Hanekamp, T. 2003. Mitochondria: Origin. eLS. .
- Published Online: 22 JUL 2003
Mitochondria are double-membrane cellular organelles containing their own genetic system and are found in nearly every eukaryotic cell. The endosymbiotic hypothesis postulates that a proto-mitochondrion, an ancestor of present-day bacteria, colonized a eukaryotic cell and established a symbiotic relationship to the mutual benefit of both organisms.
- mitochondrial genome;
- origins and evolution of mitochondria