Mitogenomic analysis of a 50-generation chicken pedigree reveals a rapid rate of mitochondrial evolution and evidence for paternal mtDNA inheritance

@inproceedings{Alexander2015MitogenomicAO,
  title={Mitogenomic analysis of a 50-generation chicken pedigree reveals a rapid rate of mitochondrial evolution and evidence for paternal mtDNA inheritance},
  author={Michelle Alexander and Simon Y. W. Ho and Martyna Molak and Ross Barnett and {\"O}rjan Carlborg and Ben J Dorshorst and Christa Ferst Honaker and Francois Besnier and Per Wahlberg and Keith M Dobney and Paul B Siegel and Leif Andersson and Greger Larson},
  booktitle={Biology letters},
  year={2015}
}
Mitochondrial genomes represent a valuable source of data for evolutionary research, but studies of their short-term evolution have typically been limited to invertebrates, humans and laboratory organisms. Here we present a detailed study of 12 mitochondrial genomes that span a total of 385 transmissions in a well-documented 50-generation pedigree in which two lineages of chickens were selected for low and high juvenile body weight. These data allowed us to test the hypothesis of time-dependent… CONTINUE READING
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