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Ancestry DNA Question

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Re: Ancestry DNA Question

Posted: 1381615927000
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Lee, mitotic recombination does occur, but it's "rare and abnormal."

Thus the pieces are larger than you seem to think. Perhaps it would help to look at some real-life examples of how segments are shared between cousins. K&D and K&J are first cousins once removed, and K&L are second cousins once removed. You can see how the amount of DNA has decreased in the more distant relationships. As more generations pass, the amount decreases, but the size of any remaining segments can be long enough to recognize. This is because of the low probability of a recombination event occurring in the middle of a segment.

It's true you can't identify whether a cousin is on the maternal or paternal side with just a single comparison. But people build up connections by testing multiple cousins, some on the maternal side and some on the paternal side.
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