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The Mitochondrial Eve - Who will she be?


The Mitochondrial Eve - Who will she be?

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The mitochondrial genotype is inherited through the cytoplasm, and so follows the female line through the generations. Due to random sampling, mitochondrial genotypes get "lost", and so the number gradually decreases (irregularly) through the generations, and finally one mitochondrial genotype is "fixed". This produces a Mitochondrial Eve.This is a prospective simulation - starting with 10 mitochrondrial genotypes the simulation portrays the irregular loss of variation until one genotype is... More
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Javascript
Date Added to MERLOT: April 17, 2004
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 24, 2012
Submitter: Henry Schaffer


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, Graduate School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: This is an HTML page with Javascript running the simulation. It should run in the modern browsers that allow Javascript.
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: yes
Accessiblity Information Available: unsure
Creative Commons: unsure


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