Distinguishing divergent from convergent molecular evolution

Erich Schwarz schwarze at starbase1.caltech.edu
Mon May 23 23:18:03 EST 1994


In article <SRE.94May23102341 at al.cam.ac.uk>, sre at al.cam.ac.uk (Sean Eddy)
wrote:

> In article <schwarze-220594183224 at fennel.bio.caltech.edu> schwarze at starbase1.caltech.edu (Erich Schwarz) writes:

>   >Which brings me to my question for the "group mind" out there: is there
>   >any reasonable algorithm by which one might distinguish motifs that had
>   >arisen from convergent rather than divergent evolution? [...]
> 
> I'd say that we can't. We don't know and probably can't guess the
> relevant probabilities.  [Much rational prose deleted.]

    Oh, dear, I *thought* the answer would probably be something like that.

    Well, that'll make the "Discussion" section of this manuscript I'm
struggling with nice and indeterminate.  :^/

    Thanks, anyway! :^)

--Erich Schwarz




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