Rebranding Mitochondria

December 4, 2023
Martin Picard, PhD

Martin Picard, PhD

In a popular Indian parable, a few blind men interact with an elephant for the first time and imagine what it looks like. The man touching the tusk may describe the elephant as a spear, while the person tugging the tail may think that it’s a rope. All of them miss the big picture. The moral of the story is that narrow experiences can advance inaccurate perspectives. 

Martin Picard, a mitochondrial biologist at Columbia University, likened mitochondria to the elephant in the fable. “Mitochondria are diverse,” said Picard. “To some people, that’s a gentle reminder. For some people, that’s an eye-opening claim.” [read more]

Source: TheScientist