Nuclear DNA (nDNA)

The nuclear genome...


Nuclear-mitochondrial pseudogenes (numts)

Numts are copies of mitochondrial genes that have been translocated to the nuclear genome. When mistaken for authentic mitochondrial genes, numts may mislead phylogenetic inferences (Nacer & do Amaral, 2017). 


Hanna ZR, Henderson JB, Sellas AB, Fuchs J, Bowie RCK, and Dumbacher JP (2017), Complete mitochondrial genome sequences of the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) and the barred owl (Strix varia; Aves: Strigiformes: Strigidae) confirm the presence of a duplicated control region, PeerJ 5, e:3901. (pdf)

Nacer DF, and do Amaral FP (2017), Striking pseudogenization in avian phylogenetics: numts are large and common in falcons, MolPhylogenetEvol. 115, 1-6. (free pdf)