Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of our cells because they generate energy to power them. But they also play a key role in the death of cells when they’re damaged, infected, stressed, no longer needed, or at the end of their life.

Some infections, like chlamydia, are able to trick cells into staying alive by tinkering with how these mitochondria work, just to make copies of itself. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 2.86 million chlamydia infections occur in the US each year.

A new study not only describes the way chlamydia keeps cells alive until the… more

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