Linkage Disequilibrium and Recombination in Hominid Mitochondrial DNA

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Science  24 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5449, pp. 2524-2525
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5449.2524

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The assumption that human mitochondrial DNA is inherited from one parent only and therefore does not recombine is questionable. Linkage disequilibrium in human and chimpanzee mitochondrial DNA declines as a function of the distance between sites. This pattern can be attributed to one mechanism only: recombination.

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