Distinguishing divergent from convergent molecular evolution

Erich Schwarz schwarze at starbase1.caltech.edu
Wed May 25 19:03:25 EST 1994


In article <1994May24.110328.1 at molbiol.ox.ac.uk>, birney at molbiol.ox.ac.uk
wrote:

> Here is a neat example of what I think is convergent
> evolution: the RNP-1 motif (an octamer) found in RNA binding motifs was
> also shown to have significant matches to the Y box transcrutpition factors
> and cold shock proteins in bacteria (I think that's right).......
> 	So here's an example where sequence analysis really did seem to  
> pick up convergent evolution, which I'm quite impressed by.

    Heh.  So far, that's *three* different answers, *each*
intelligent-sounding, to my question.
    Looks like I'm going to have to do some <gasp> original thinking on my
own. The horror, the horror...  ;^)


--Erich Schwarz




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