paternal inheritance

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Hereditary traits that are governed by genes or self-reproducing organelles solely contributed to the offspring by the male parent. For example, in male and female animal embryos the centrioles are derived from a progenitor centriole carried by the fertilizing sperm. Y-linked genes functioning in sex determination and spermiogenesis are inherited by males from their fathers. Contrast with maternal inheritance. See Y chromosome.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.

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