Mitochondrial inheritance in echinoderms

Jim Cummins cummins at
Fri Jul 18 21:20:08 EST 1997

In article <m0wpEC8-0003FrC at>, ed at wrote:

> > To:            mol-evol at
> > From:          Newswatcher at (Newswatcher)
> > Subject:       Re: Mitochondrial inheritance in echinoderms
> > The answer is that mitochondrial DNA inheritance is maternal!
> > If you need references, read any genetics text book.
> Not any DECENT genetics textbook.  And don't jump in 
> quite so fast.  And have a contactable address.
          Ed Rybicki, PhD  
      Dept Microbiology     |   ed at   
   University of Cape Town  | rybicki at

Hear hear!    Mitochondrial inheritance is extraordinarily complicated and
the literature is full of misleading dogma.

 Ankel-Simons F, Cummins JM (1996): Misconceptions about mitochondria and
mammalian fertilization - implications for theories on human evolution.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of
America; 93: 13859-13863.
Birky CW (1995): Uniparental inheritance of mitochondrial and chloroplast
genes: mechanisms and evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, USA; 92: 11331-11338.


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