What causes disease? Why do we get sick? Douglas Wallace's answer could spark a revolution in medical thinking. For thousands of years, practitioners of Eastern medicine have linked human health to the concept of energy, or "qi" - its presence, absence and flow through our bodies affecting everything from heart disease to mental clarity. Ironically, Douglas Wallace, PhD, one of CHOP's most internationally renowned experts in Western medicine, has spent his career proving that they just might be right.
A team led by CHOP's Marni J. Falk, MD, has expanded next-generation gene tools designed to sequence nuclear DNA to analyze a separate source of DNA - that found within mitochondria. Mitochondria are key suppliers of the energy needed for the multiple functions of our cells.