Mitochondrial DNA recombination-no need to panic

Proc Biol Sci. 1999 Oct 22;266(1433):2037-9; discussion 2041-2. doi: 10.1098/rspb.1999.0883.


Recombination has recently been invoked as an explanation for the large amount of homoplasy observed in a collection of complete or nearly complete human mitochondrial sequences. Here we show that some of the data on which this conclusion was based are likely to be unreliable and that if these data are excluded, the results are no longer significant.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • DNA, Mitochondrial / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Recombination, Genetic*


  • DNA, Mitochondrial