nadde (lizardphunk) wrote in biology,

Mitochondrial disease

I'm making a student presentation on mitoochondrial disease (15 minute lecture).

As I'm sitting here reading my articles, it seems to me that a lot of the dieases are "more prevalent in Northern Europe" (be it nuclear or mitochondrial mutations affecting mitochondrial function).

Coincidentally, I am in Norway, so maybe that's why this popped out. I haven't actually sat down and mapped the prevalences of the mutations. ;)

I was wondering if any of you guys know why this might be the case? Does it suggest that a specific group of people spread into the Scandinavias? Does it have anything to do with the Sami population (I know that some native american populations have a high incidende of specific mutations).

Examples are Leber's and Kjell's optic neurpathies, also PolG mutations leading to Alper's syndrome.

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