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Analysis of Mitochondrial DNA from Chimpanzees in Tanzania
Authors          Audiences          Overview           Materials          Resources           Future Directions



Douglas Green
Saint Michael's Collge

April Bednarski
Washington University

Timothy Comar
Benedictine University


Possible Audiences:

undergraduates taking courses in biology and/or environmental science  


Brief Overview:

Analysis of mitochondrial data showed four genetically distinct groups of chimpanzees in the Lake Tanganyika region of Tanzania: Gambe (2 populations), Mahale, and Tongwe. We have developed hypotheses about the possible reasons for the existence of these different populations based on environmental, social, biological, and economic data.  


Project Materials:

Sequence data from Bedrock Chimpanzee Data Set Biology Workbench GIS satellite data web resources on Jane Goodall studies and Tanzania history and environment  


Resources and References:
Morin et al, "Kin Selection...", Science, 265, p. 1193 (1994)  


Future Directions:

more sequence data is needed dating back to 1970 as well as information on chimpanzee mitochondrial DNA mutation rate  



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