Neutral and non-neutral evolution of Drosophila mitochondrial DNA.

  title={Neutral and non-neutral evolution of Drosophila mitochondrial DNA.},
  author={David M Rand and Michele L. Dorfsman and Lisa M. Kann},
  volume={138 3},
To test hypotheses of neutral evolution of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), nucleotide sequences were determined for 1515 base pairs of the NADH dehydrogenase subunit 5 (ND5) gene in the mitochondrial DNA of 29 lines of Drosophila melanogaster and 9 lines of its sibling species Drosophila simulans. In contrast to the patterns for nuclear genes, where D. melanogaster generally exhibits much less nucleotide polymorphism, the number of segregating sites was slightly higher in a global sample of nine ND5… CONTINUE READING


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