Saturday, October 1, 2022
Mitochondrial Health

The genes you don't get from your parents (but can't live without) – Devin Shuman

Dig into the essential role that mitochondrial DNA played in the evolution of living things on Earth, and find out why it’s still evolving.

Inside our cells, each of us has a second set of genes completely separate from our 23 pairs of chromosomes. And this isn’t just true for humans— it’s true of every animal, plant, and fungus on Earth. This second genome belongs to our mitochondria, an organelle inside our cells. So why are they so different from anything else in our bodies? Devin Shuman explores the purpose of mitochondrial DNA.

Lesson by Devin Shuman, directed by Luísa M H Copetti, Hype CG.

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32 thoughts on “The genes you don't get from your parents (but can't live without) – Devin Shuman
  1. I am supremely disappointed in you TED. This is clickbait and you know it

    Mitochondrial DNA is inherited from the mother, and implying otherwise in your title was dishonest

    You have set an high bar for content from your organization, and this failed to meet it.

  2. Me: reading the title, thinking microbiomes or epigenome – what "genes you don't get from your parents (but can't live without)"?

    Video: "This translates to over 150,000 copies of Mitochondrial DNA, that we inherit from our mothers" (2:48)

    Me: Is my mother not my parent, Ted ed!
    Thank you for being the first one to make me outraged when learning science. I am so disappointed that a channel like Ted ed uses clickbait too

  3. I am completely blown away right now!… I had absolutely no clue that we had a second set of DNA living & functioning inside our cells!… Very intresting to say the least!… 👍🏻👍🏻

  4. This is all well and good, but please dont shove the evolution theory down my throat just because it's a plausible explanation. For those who want further info please look up darwinian delusions or subboor ahmed

  5. This links to the fact that female can trace their genetics through the mitochondrial DNA, due to the fact that they get this from their mother. Male genetics are traced via the Y – chromosome, because this is received from the father. This is how genetics is run and how you can trace your lineage . This is wild, Biology is wild.

  6. I find the title of this video misleading since technically we all get our mitochondrial DNA from our mother. That is why we can use mitochondrial DNA tests (mtDNA tests) to trace a person's matrilineal ancestry. It was a great watch though! Thanks for creating this informative video!

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