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A practical guide to mitochondrial DNA error prevention in clinical, forensic, and population genetics

Salas, Antonio, Carracedo, Ángel, Macaulay, Vincent, Richards, Martin B. and Bandelt, Hans-Jürgen (2005) A practical guide to mitochondrial DNA error prevention in clinical, forensic, and population genetics. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 335 (3). pp. 891-899. ISSN 0006-291X

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Several suggestions have been made for avoiding errors in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequencing and documentation. Unfortunately, the current clinical, forensic, and population genetic literature on mtDNA still delivers a large number of studies with flawed sequence data, which, in extreme cases, damage the whole message of a study. The phylogenetic approach has been shown to be useful for pinpointing most of the errors. However, many geneticists, especially in the forensic and medical fields, are not familiar with either effective search strategies or the evolutionary terminology. We here provide a manual that should help prevent errors at any stage by re-examining data fresh from the sequencer in the light of previously published data. A fictitious case study of a European mtDNA data set (albeit composed from the literature) then demonstrates the steps one has to go through in order to assess the quality of sequencing and documentation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Schools: School of Applied Sciences
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2014 15:46
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:41


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