linkurl:Giuseppe Attardi,; the California Institute of Technology researcher who identified all the genes in human mtDNA and uncovered the mitochondrial genome's role in degenerative diseases and linkurl:aging,; died Saturday (Apr 5), linkurl:according; to the university. He was 84 years old. Caltech said that Attardi died at his Altadena, CA home but the university did not indicate a cause of death. Attardi joined the faculty at Caltech in 1963 and established his laboratory at forefront of mitochondrial genome research. Over his lengthy career at Caltech, Attardi was the first to show that mtDNA produced mRNA, a molecule essential to nuclear DNA translation. He also developed a method for stripping a healthy cell of its mtDNA, replacing it with the mutated mtDNA of patients suffering from diseases, such as linkurl:mitochondrial encephalopathy.; According to ISI, Attardi published more than 200 scientific papers throughout his career, including several well-cited __Nature__ and __PNAS__ papers as...

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