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Lunt, D. H., and B. C. Hyman (1997) Nature 387:247-247. Animal mitochondrial DNA recombination
Genetic recombination is known to be a source of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variability in plants, fungi and protists, but there continues to be a consensus (based on studies of somatic cell hybridization and DNA repair) that such processes do not operate on animal mtDNA. Contrary to this opinion we have now identified and characterized the end-products of recombination in the mitochondrial genome of the phytonematode Meloidogyne javanica. PDF PMID: 9153388

  Root Knot Nematodes of the genus Meloidogyne are some of the world's most important crop pathogens. The genus contains a wide range of reproductive modes, with repeated transitions between them. This raises interesting possibilities to investigate the genomic consequences of the loss of meiotic recombination. I...

Lunt DH, Zhang DX, Szymura JM, Hewitt GM (1996) The insect cytochrome oxidase I gene: evolutionary patterns and conserved primers for phylogenetic studies. Insect Molecular Biology 5:153-65. PDF Insect mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I (COI) genes are used as a model to examine the within-gene heterogeneity of evolutionary rate...

Szymura JM, Lunt DH, Hewitt GM (1996) The sequence and structure of the meadow grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus) mitochondrial srRNA, ND2, COI, COII ATPase8 and 9 tRNA genes. Insect Molecular Biology 5:127-39. PDF The nucleotide sequence of the mitochondrial ND2, COI, COII, ATPase8, srRNA and nine tRNA genes have...