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In a Science paper published online in advance this week, an international team led by investigators in France shows that "upon fertilization, a Caenorhabditis elegans spermatozoon triggers the recruitment of autophagosomes within minutes and subsequent paternal mitochondria degradation." This post-fertilization autophagy of sperm organelles, the authors show, prevents paternal mtDNA transmission in the nematode.

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