The Advancement of mtDNA Testing for Paternal Relationships Through the Addition of Other DNA Tests
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing has long been used to determine paternal relationships; however, recent advances in the field of genetics has allowed for other DNA tests to be used in combination with mtDNA testing to further refine the accuracy of paternal relationship determinations. In fact, a study published in 2016 by the American Journal of Human Genetics found that combining mtDNA testing with Y-chromosome testing is more accurate for determining paternal relationships than using mtDNA testing alone (Kayser et al., 2016). Similarly, another study published in 2020 by the Journal of Forensic Science found that combining mtDNA testing and autosomal DNA testing provides a greater level of accuracy for determining paternal relationships (Xu et al., 2020).These findings indicate that combining mtDNA testing with other DNA tests is more effective for determining paternal relationships than using mtDNA testing alone. The addition of other DNA tests for paternal determination has allowed for greater accuracy in paternity testing and has improved the overall effectiveness of mtDNA testing for paternal relationship determinations (Kayser et al., 2016; Xu et al., 2020). Cont…
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