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TREEFINDER: a powerful graphical analysis environment for molecular phylogenetics

Gangolf Jobb1*, Arndt von Haeseler23 and Korbinian Strimmer1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Statistics, University of Munich, Ludwigstr. 33, D-80539 Munich, Germany

2 Department of Computer Science, University of Düsseldorf, Universitätsstr. 1, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany

3 John von Neumann Institute for Computing, Forschungszentrum Jülich, D-52425 Jülich, Germany

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BMC Evolutionary Biology 2004, 4:18  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-4-18

Published: 28 June 2004

Abstract

Background

Most analysis programs for inferring molecular phylogenies are difficult to use, in particular for researchers with little programming experience.

Results

TREEFINDER is an easy-to-use integrative platform-independent analysis environment for molecular phylogenetics. In this paper the main features of TREEFINDER (version of April 2004) are described. TREEFINDER is written in ANSI C and Java and implements powerful statistical approaches for inferring gene tree and related analyzes. In addition, it provides a user-friendly graphical interface and a phylogenetic programming language.

Conclusions

TREEFINDER is a versatile framework for analyzing phylogenetic data across different platforms that is suited both for exploratory as well as advanced studies.