The founding mitochondrial DNA lineages of Tristan da Cunha Islanders.

  title={The founding mitochondrial DNA lineages of Tristan da Cunha Islanders.},
  author={Himla Soodyall and Trefor Jenkins and Angshuman Mukherjee and Eug{\`e}ne du Toit and Derek Roberts and M. Stoneking},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={104 2},
Genealogical histories show that the inhabitants of Tristan da Cunha are derived from a known number of founders. Using the transmission of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from mother to offspring pairs, we traced the mtDNA types found in 161 extant individuals to five female founders. Although the historical data claimed that two pairs of sisters were among the founding females, mtDNA data showed support for only one pair of sisters. We also studied the fidelity of mtDNA transmission in conjunction… CONTINUE READING

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