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Any evidence bacteria can exist within mitochondria in humans?

  1. May 21, 2015 #1
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  4. May 21, 2015 #3
    Thanks Ryan. According to my one hit on Google the tick is not a "unique" case :

    the other species mentioned was "spirostomium minus", a single-celled thingy. [ published in 2003 ].

    The claim I heard was pathogenic bacteria exist in human mitochondria, (not symbiotic as in the tick) , and that these alleged bacteria are responsible for wide range of diseases.
    IMO the source of this claim was very dubious , but I just wanted to check if there was any evidence to support their claim.
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