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Inferring the Tree of Life: chopping a phylogenomic problem down to size?

Olaf RP Bininda-Emonds

Author affiliations

AG Systematik und Evolutionsbiologie, IBU-Fakultät V, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Carl von Ossietzky Strasse 9-11, 26111 Oldenburg, Germany

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BMC Biology 2011, 9:59  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-9-59

Published: 20 September 2011


The combination of molecular sequence data and bioinformatics has revolutionized phylogenetic inference over the past decade, vastly increasing the scope of the evolutionary trees that we are able to infer. A recent paper in BMC Biology describing a new phylogenomic pipeline to help automate the inference of evolutionary trees from public sequence databases provides another important tool in our efforts to derive the Tree of Life.

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