Animal mitochondrial DMA recombination

@article{Lunt1997AnimalMD,
  title={Animal mitochondrial DMA recombination},
  author={David H. Lunt and Bradley C. Hyman},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1997},
  volume={387},
  pages={247-247}
}
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