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A Statistical Approach to the Estimation of Phylogeny from Genome Arrangements

Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 9:30am - 10:20am
Keller 3-180
Bret Larget (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
The determination of evolutionary relationships is a fundamental problem in evolutionary biology. Genome arrangement data offers a source of information for estimating phylogenetic trees that may be especially useful for distantly related species. A statistical approach to phylogenetic information is concerned with assessment of uncertainty in estimated phylogenetic trees. We describe a Bayesian framework for phylogenetic inference from genome arrangement data using Markov chain Monte Carlo and discuss our results on several data sets.