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Figure 3 of Mitochondrial DNA Analysis at the FBI Laboratory by Isenberg and Moore (Forensic Science Communications, July 1999)


July 1999 - Volume 1 - Number 2

Mitochondrial DNA Analysis at the FBI Laboratory

Figure 3
Organization of mtDNA

Figure 3: Organization of mtDNA

The mtDNA genome is approximately 16,569 bases in length and is divided into two sections: coding and noncoding. The noncoding region is also called the control region and contains two highly polymorphic regions called Hypervariable Regions I and II (shown in red and yellow in the diagram). Each of these hypervariable regions is approximately 300 bp in length. The FBI Laboratory sequences both of these regions in a forensic case.

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