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R E V I E W : E V O L U T I O N Bayesian Inference of Phylogeny and
 

Summary: R E V I E W : E V O L U T I O N
Bayesian Inference of Phylogeny and
Its Impact on Evolutionary Biology
John P. Huelsenbeck,1
* Fredrik Ronquist,2
Rasmus Nielsen,3
Jonathan P. Bollback1
As a discipline, phylogenetics is becoming transformed by a flood of molecular data.
These data allow broad questions to be asked about the history of life, but also
present difficult statistical and computational problems. Bayesian inference of phy-
logeny brings a new perspective to a number of outstanding issues in evolutionary
biology, including the analysis of large phylogenetic trees and complex evolutionary
models and the detection of the footprint of natural selection in DNA sequences.
T
he idea that species are related through a
history of common descent is an old one,
predating Darwin. Yet the idea provides
an organizing principle in biology that has pro-
found importance for a number of fundamental
questions. These questions range from the ba-

  

Source: Anisimova, Maria - Institute of Scientific Computing, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ)

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine