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Every living thing on Earth carries with it a piece of history. That history is encoded in the form of DNA, or Deoxyribonucleic acid. Year after year geneticists learn to read this code in more precise ways, and as they do, they’ve opened the door for a brand new way to look at history.But how?
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6 thoughts on “History and Mitochondrial DNA”
Interesting story 👍
Thanks for teaching me
Aside from its DNA, is the mitochondria the same in all living cells: animals, plants, insects, etc?
i am finding that mitochondrial dna is sometimes being inherited by the father, as well. maybe 1 in 5000 times. if true, does that change the ancestry dating to any significant degree ?