Why is mitochondria responsible for maternal inheritance?

Asked by pb_ckt | 4th May, 2019, 12:02: AM

Expert Answer:

Mitochondrial DNA is the DNA located in mitochondria. Mitochondrial DNA is only a small portion of the DNA in a eukaryotic cell. In humans, the 16,569 base pairs of mitochondrial DNA encode for only 37 genes. In most species, including humans, mtDNA is usually inherited solely from the mother. Therefore, mitochondria is responsible for maternal inheritance.

Answered by Sheetal Kolte | 4th May, 2019, 11:12: AM