maternal inheritance

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maternal inheritance

[mə′tərn·əl in′her·əd·əns]
(genetics)
The acquisition of characters transmitted through the cytoplasm of the egg.
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By contrast, non-Mendelian inheritance, which includes (but is not limited to) traits associated with mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), often tends to be overlooked.
Published in the journal Cell, the results highlight the role of the transcription factor dATF-2 in chromatin assembly, marking a major advance in our understanding of non-Mendelian inheritance.
They cover cytogenetic abnormalities, Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, first and second trimester screening, abnormal ultrasound findings, common issues in prenatal diagnosis, and fetal infection and teratogens.
The non-Mendelian inheritance patterns of these conditions indicate that they are part of a complex network of components, which become clinically relevant only when two or more are present at the same time.
Epigenetics refers to the study of gene silencing and non-Mendelian inheritance of traits.