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Researchers led by Kári Stefánsson say that Icelandic mitochondrial DNA underwent rapid genetic drift in the last 1,100 years since the region was settled. The scientists compared mtDNA from 68 early medieval Icelandic skeletal remains to that from modern Icelanders as well as modern inhabitants of Scotland, Ireland, and Scandinavia.

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