Persistence of separate mitochondrial genome

Arlin Stoltzfus arlin at carb.nist.gov
Sun Sep 24 15:05:32 EST 2000

Andrew Gyles wrote:
> At a conference in Italy in 1994 Saccone et al said, 'The fundamental
> question..."why mtDNA and a separated organellar genetic system should
> have persisted throughout evolution?" is still waiting for a convincing
> answer'(1).
> Has any progress been made in answering this question since then? The

This article has some nice modelling results, good discussion, and 
references to the problem that you are interested in: 

 Berg OG, Kurland CG,
 Why mitochondrial genes are most often found in nuclei.
  Mol Biol Evol. 2000 Jun;17(6):951-61.

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