mitochondria and Indology (was Re: AIT, NEW genetic evidence)

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 11 22:50:09 UTC 2000

Paul Kekai Manansala <kekai at JPS.NET> wrote:

>_mtDNA Shows Signs of Paternal Influence_
>        Evelyn Strauss
>        Science 1999 December 24; 286: 2436a

Thanks for the reference. Previously, to my knowledge, biparental
inheritance of mtDNA had been seen in some bacteria, angiosperms and a
mollusc species. This recent discovery of paternal influence in hominid
species mtDNA will have far-reaching consequences for anthropological
conclusions based on genetic studies. Shows how science constantly forces
one to challenge long-held assumptions.


ps. It would be better not to use such terms as "bloodlines" with respect to
genetic evidence. They are extremely fuzzy, or worse still, meaningless in
the context.
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