Data from: Elevated mitochondrial genome variation after 50 generations of radiation exposure in a wild rodent

Robert J. Baker, Benjamin Dickins, Jeffrey K. Wickliffe, Faisal Anwarali Khan, Sergey Gaschak, Kateryna Makova & Caleb D. Phillips
Currently, the effects of chronic, continuous low dose environmental irradiation on the mitochondrial genome of resident small mammals are unknown. Using the bank vole (Myodes glareolus) as a model system, we tested the hypothesis that approximately 50 generations of exposure to the Chernobyl environment has significantly altered genetic diversity of the mitochondrial genome. Using deep sequencing, we compared mitochondrial genomes from 131 individuals from reference sites with radioactive contamination comparable to that present in Northern...
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