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Could Dad’s Mitochondrial DNA Benefit Hybrids?
Studies have found that organisms can inherit mitochondria from male parents in rare instances, and both theoretical and experimental work hint that this biparental inheritance is more than just a fluke.
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Could Dad’s Mitochondrial DNA Benefit Hybrids?
Could Dad’s Mitochondrial DNA Benefit Hybrids?

Studies have found that organisms can inherit mitochondria from male parents in rare instances, and both theoretical and experimental work hint that this biparental inheritance is more than just a fluke.

Studies have found that organisms can inherit mitochondria from male parents in rare instances, and both theoretical and experimental work hint that this biparental inheritance is more than just a fluke.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, JIAN FAN

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