The mitochondrial DNA tree and forensic science

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Studies of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) began with simple restriction assays, moved on to high-resolution restriction analysis and control-region sequencing, and now make use of complete mtDNA sequences. Forensic labs have, by and large, continued to rely on the use of control-region databases, but these databases often contain a disconcertingly large number of sequence errors. A phylogenetic approach to mtDNA data sets can help to uncover such errors, and it is argued that an understanding of both the phylogenetic and phylogeographic context of mtDNA lineages is a valuable tool from which the forensics community can benefit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-93
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Congress Series
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004


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