Why is (in forensic genetics) in some cases more appropriate comparison of nuclear DNA but in some other cases comparison of mitochondrial DNA?
Is it because geneticists are sometimes unable to find nDNA or if nDNA is too damaged? Also could it be because of the structure of mtDNA (it's more protected against degradation, which is good for identifying old biological material)? I can't see any other advantages, since mitochondrial DNA mutations occur frequently, due to the lack of the error checking, but are there any that I am missing?
Thank you in advance.