Animal mitochondrial DNA recombination revisited

  title={Animal mitochondrial DNA recombination revisited},
  author={Antonis Rokas and Emmanuel D. Ladoukakis and Eleftherios Zouros},
Exchange of homologous sequences between mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) molecules is thought to be absent in animals, primarily because of a failure to observe clear cases of recombinant haplotypes in natural populations. However, whether mtDNA recombination occurs is a different issue from whether it produces new haplotypes. A requirement for the latter is heteroplasmy – the presence of more than one type of mtDNA in an individual, which is rare in animals. In male mussels, in which heteroplasmy is… CONTINUE READING


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