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Anim Genet. 2006 Aug;37(4):376-8.

Phylogenetic analysis of Sicilian goats reveals a new mtDNA lineage.

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Dipartimento S.En.Fi.Mi.Zo.-Sezione Produzioni Animali, Facoltà di Agraria, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Palermo 90128, Italy.


The mitochondrial hypervariable region 1 (HVR1) sequence of 67 goats belonging to the Girgentana, Maltese and Derivata di Siria breeds was partially sequenced in order to present the first phylogenetic characterization of Sicilian goat breeds. These sequences were compared with published sequences of Indian and Pakistani domestic goats and wild goats. Mitochondrial lineage A was observed in most of the Sicilian goats. However, three Girgentana haplotypes were highly divergent from the Capra hircus clade, indicating that a new mtDNA lineage in domestic goats was found.

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