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Subject: Re: [DNA] mtDNA results - Helena
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 14:25:28 -0400


You invited me to think about mtDNA that way on an earlier occasion, but
sometimes you have to kick me twice to get me stumbling in a particular
direction. You may have a point. To be more accurate, it may be that upon
reflection I will be able to see your point. Let me think about this. As I
had cause to note the other day, I'm still green when it comes to thinking
about mtDNA.


Original Message:
From: Ian & Mary Logan
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 17:37:38 +0100
Subject: Re: [DNA] mtDNA results - Helena


Just a little bit of your long email 'sprung out at me' and has made me
jump to make an immediate response ..
You wrote:
I don't agree that an mtDNA mutation necessarily means a mutation was
thousands of years back. I feel fairly confident asserting there were mtDNA
mutations occurring yesterday, or even this morning.

So are you right ?

Well, if you were to be talking about the chromosome, I would agree. A
occurs just once in a germ cell, egg or sperm, and then the whole cell
of the 'offspring' has the mutation ... this I think is accepted.
(OK there are just a few exceptions.)

But for mtDNA .. I think not.

Did you look at my program on

In this program I try to show that mtDNA mutations do not come about
in the same way. They arise over many generations - slowly building up
to a level when they begin to show. And, they can then die out.

I would like to know if anyone else has any ideas about the mechanisms
of inheritance of mtDNA mutations. Do you ?

Comments anyone ?
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