Evolutionary relationships mcrA gene clone generated from this study to mcrA genes of cultured and uncultured methanogens. The evolutionary history was inferred using the Neighbor-Joining method . The bootstrap consensus tree inferred from 500 replicates  is taken to represent the evolutionary history of the taxa analyzed . The percentage of replicate trees in which the associated taxa clustered together in the bootstrap test (500 replicates) are shown next to the branches  and any value below 50% was not shown. The tree is drawn to scale, with branch lengths in the same units as those of the evolutionary distances used to infer the phylogenetic tree. The evolutionary distances were computed using the Maximum Composite Likelihood method  and are in the units of the number of base substitutions per site. Codon positions included were 1st, 2nd, 3rd and noncoding. All positions containing gaps and missing data were eliminated from the dataset (Complete deletion option). There were a total of 348 positions in the final dataset. The accession numbers are included in parenthesis after each entry.
Scanlan et al. BMC Microbiology 2008 8:79 doi:10.1186/1471-2180-8-79