gerhard steiner gsteiner at
Mon Aug 28 06:14:57 EST 1995

In article <01HUHHX4FA2C00AWKF at>, you say:
>The best estimate of the intrinsic Ts/Tv rate is probably that
>determined by comparison of the most closely related sequences
>you have. 

Is there any experimental support for this? References?

>The more distant the sequences, the more this rate
>is randomized.

In my dataset of molluscan 18S sequences, TS/TV ratios vary from 0.9 to 3.5. 
The high values in the closely related species, but average of 1.4. 
High TS/TV ratios add a lot of standard error/variation to branches, bootstraps 
values correspondingly decrease.
So, is it really the best option to take the TS/TV ratio of the most closely 
related species?

Gerhard Steiner

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