Gnaiger MiP2010 7-03

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Gnaiger E (2010) MiPArt exhibition “The Beauty of Mitochondria”

Link: Abstracts Session 7

Gnaiger E (2010)

Event: MiP2010

Mitochondria are strongly linked to diseases, as amply demonstrated in numerous contributions to MiP2010. Considering the importance of mitochondrial health, we would like to emphasise the beauty of the ‘Organism in our Cells’. We thank all who contributed to ‘The Beauty of Mitochondria’, for submitting selected pictures with short descriptions and – where applicable – a reference to the original scientific publication.

‘The Beauty of Mitochondria’ is planned as the initiation of a broader collection of ‘Mitochondrial Art’, which might evolve for exhibition at various occasions and could become the nucleus for a book of art - “The Beauty of Mitochondria”.

A historical perspective is emphasized not only by reference to the bioblasts of Richard Altmann. How can we appreciate the efforts by generations of scientists who contributed to reveal some of the secrets of the aliens in our cells? At a time of accelerating speed of publications, it is our responsibility to consider the preservation of scientific instruments that are of historical importance in the field of bioenergetics and mitochondrial physiology. The fast turnover of scientific equipment makes obsolete even comparatively recent instrumentation. Today, chart recorders are nearly forgotten, and earlier tools (see Figure; a historical experiment - 55 years ago) can be found only in a museum – if such equipment has ever been collected. Due to limitations of storage space, unused scientific equipment is disposed of, despite its potential historical value. The disposal of some unique apparatus constitutes an irreversible loss to science and society, and to the continued appreciation of the foundations of our scientific discipline. Before it is too late, we should collect items of scientific historical interest in mitochondrial physiology. This is the aim – as a concept in symbiosis with MiPArt - of the MiP-Collection.

This non-profit project is supported by the MiPArt Gallery.


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