Scientists solve mystery of why mitochondria is passed to offspring only through mother

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Scientists solve mystery of why mitochondria is passed to offspring only through mother

Experiments from the study show that when paternal mitochondria persist for longer than they should during development, the embryo is at greater risk of lethality.

Scientists have decoded the long-standing mystery behind how and why mitochondria are only passed to offspring through a mother’s egg – and not the father’s sperm.

Experiments from the study show that when paternal mitochondria persist for longer than they should during development, the embryo is at greater risk of lethality.

Harboured inside the cells of nearly all multicellular animals, plants and fungi are mitochondria, organelles that play an important role in generating the energy that cells need to survive

 

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