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mtDNA in the Metazoa

Mike Syvanen syvanen at ucdavis.edu
Wed Oct 18 13:25:09 EST 2000

John Harshman wrote:

> In article <8s8hc7$j9i$1 at mercury.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk>, Andrew Gyles
> <syzygium at alphalink.com.au> wrote:
> > Is exclusively maternal inheritance of mtDNA universal in the Metazoa?
> >
> No. For example, in Mytilus (mussels), male mussels inherit mitochondria
> exclusively from their fathers, and females from their mothers. Weird,
> huh?
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There was a report about 10 years ago that there is some paternal
mtDNA inheritance in mice (1991, nature 352:255) and Drosophila
(1990, genetics 126:657).  I do not know if these examples are still
generally accepted.

Mike Syvanen


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