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Mitochondrial DNA

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Was versteht man unter mtDNA, oder auch mitochondrialer DNA?

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It's solely women who can pass on mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), but both, men and women inherit it. Thus, mtDNA can be used to track descendands from the same maternal line. Accordingly, analysis of mtDNA can supplement the results of a relationship test or a sibling test. If the test participants do not share the mtDNA profile they cannot be related thorugh the maternal line. Using the mtDNA in an analysis, relationship can be traced across generations.

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