The human genome provides a precise, biological blueprint of life. To implement this blueprint correctly, the genome must be read with great precision, but it's impossible for this process to be completely error-free. Mistakes during transcription - random errors in how DNA sequences are copied for a gene to be expressed - can happen any time in any number of ways.
The digital world moves fast. When the digital realm in question is the use of mobile devices, social media, and related technologies in medical research (mHealth), it isn't always easy for researchers who use these tools to keep pace.
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.