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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Exclusively from our mothers.

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Info for non-science readers:
Unlike nuclear DNA, half of which comes from our mother and half from our father, mitochondrial DNA is only inherited from our mother. This is because mitochondria are only found in the female gametes or "eggs" of sexually reproducing animals, not in the male gamete, or sperm. Mitochondrial DNA also does not recombine; there is no shuffling of genes from one generation to the other, as there is with nuclear genes. [Source: WHAT IS A GENOME?]