Just a quick note to mention that a compiled Windows version of
my program TipDate (described below) is now available on our
web site. I would like to thank Ziheng Yang for preparing it.
TipDate is an application for estimating the rate molecular evolution
(and hence a time-scale) for a phylogeny consisting of dated tips.
These will most frequently be from viruses or other fast-evolving
pathogens that have been isolated over a range of dates. The program
can also return the likelihood for the simple molecular clock model
(i.e., assuming that all sequences are contemporary) or the non-clock
model. These are useful for likelihood ratio tests of the fit of the
model to the data.
It is available at: