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Name: Monika
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Date: November 2006

How does mitochondrial DNA function and what role does it have in human physiology?

Mitochondrial DNA codes for the synthesis of approximately a dozen proteins that make up the structure and enzymes in mitochodria, but most of the mitochondrial proteins are coded for by nuclear genes. Mitochondrial DNA also codes for some of the RNA found in mitochondrial ribosomes and some transfer RNA's.

Ron Baker, Ph.D.

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