Mitochondria from both parents?

Aubrey de Grey ag24 at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk
Wed Aug 30 05:53:20 EST 2000


Thomas Carter wrote:

> I read somewhere that Aubrey's cells have mitochondria from his
> father. Could it be true, Aubrey?

There's pretty good evidence that mitochondria in sperm occasionally
provide part of the embryo's mitochondrial DNA population, yes.  At
this point, however, it is very difficult to estimate how often this
happens.  Jim Cummins has done quite a bit on this; I recommend his
recent articles that you will find in Medline.

Aubrey de Grey







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