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Non-STR DNA Markers: SNPs, Y-STRs, LCN and mtDNA

Mitochondrial DNA—Non-Nuclear DNA Markers

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Mitochondrial DNA Non-Nuclear DNA Markers
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Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis is a technique that is well-characterized, validated, and useful in the analysis of forensic evidence and identification of human remains. The technique has become more popular as a result of successes in identifying older skeletal remains where nuclear DNA (nDNA) typing was not successful. Although the maternal inheritance of mtDNA means that it is a less discriminating test than nDNA, it can produce genetic information on material where other methods will not work.

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