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Study of Mitochondrial DNA Ties Ancient Remains to Living Descendants
July 3, 2013
Researchers report that they have found a direct genetic link between the remains of Native Americans who lived thousands of years ago and their living descendants. The team used mitochondrial DNA, which children inherit only from their mothers, to track three maternal lineages from ancient times to the present. The findings are reported in the journal PLOS ONE.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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