Richards, Martin B. (2004) The mitochondrial DNA tree and forensic science. Progress in Forensic Genetics: International Congress Series, 1261. pp. 91-93. ISSN 05315131

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.

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