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  • initialism genetics Alternative spelling of mtDNA. (mitochondrial DNA)


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  • The difference comes in with mDNA in that it is matriarchal in nature; that is, your mDNA is virtually identical to your mother’s, grandmother’s, etc.

    Experts answer: What Does DNA Evidence Prove?

  • The article there says that they actually are working on nuclear DNA as well, but that the mDNA was of particular interest because it is more present than in other types of tissues.

    To Err Is Human, to Forgive...Human

  • The article also states that for the mammoths, at least, they have hair samples from a number of different animals from different time periods, and that one of the interesting things for them is to compare the mDNA across the different samples.

    To Err Is Human, to Forgive...Human

  • You would not be able to clone an organism using mDNA alone.

    To Err Is Human, to Forgive...Human

  • This is where we say once again that nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution, because the comparative lack of mDNA repair mechanisms simply agrees with the evidence for a symbiotic evolutionary event, while rational design explains exactly nothing about nuclear and mitochondrial repair differences.

    Detecting design: Specification versus Likelihood - The Panda's Thumb

  • Without a matriarchal sample for comparison, mDNA is not particularly useful.

    Experts answer: What Does DNA Evidence Prove?

  • Furthermore, if two potential assailants are siblings, their mDNA will be nearly identical.

    Experts answer: What Does DNA Evidence Prove?

  • However, these data do not exclude a role for mtDNA variants in other populations, and it remains possible that other inherited mitochondrial DNA variants, or somatic mDNA mutations, contribute to the risk of familial PD.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles

  • Mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) can be used as an evolutionary clock because it passes from one generation to the next through the mother only.

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  • With the fall of communism in Russia, researchers gained the opportunity to use mDNA testing on the genetically isolated family of the czars.

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