I'm doing some variant discovery in a human trio (affected child, non-affected mother, non-affected father) and I have found what looks like a homozygous novel mutation. All of the aligned reads in the child have the same nucleotide in that position, but neither of the parents do.
In looking at a small handful of variants, I've seen plenty of novel heterozygous SNVs. But on first blush a novel homozygous SNV seems extremely unlikely. Two independent germline mutations at the same position on both paternal chromosomes is all but impossible, right? Are there other mechanisms by which a novel mutation would become homozygous? Or am I right to be skeptical here?