Methods of phylogeny recons

pharrima at NSF.GOV pharrima at NSF.GOV
Thu May 26 11:08:32 EST 1994

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          I would like to put in a plug for an NSF-supported course on
          molecular evolution that is run at Woods Hole, Mass. each
          summer.  A substantial part of the course is devoted to work
          with the different software packages, and discussions of the
          advantages and disadvantages of each in working out
          phylogeny reconstruction.
          For more information contact Mitch Sogin at:
          sogin at evoll.mbl.edu or call him at 508-548-3705, ext. 246.

          Phil Harriman, Program Director for Microbial Genetics
          National Science Foundation (USA)

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  OFFICE MEMO          Methods of phylogeny reconstruction    Date:24/05/1994
To those interested in phylogeny reconstruction:

The communications concerning phylogeny reconstruction that have appeared in
this forum over the past few weeks (and today) have finally induced me to make
a comment.

I think that it is safe to say that there is still a great deal of honest
scientific disagreement about the "best" methods of phylogeny reconstruction.
Assuming that most workers are familiar with the cladistic side of the issue,
as exemplified by the many papers published in journals such as Cladistics and
Systematic Biology, I would also recommend that those who are interested in a
deeper understanding of the complex issues involved also consult the thoughtful
works by M. Nei and coworkers, R.R. Sokal and associates, and F.J. Rohlf and

Warren Frank Lamboy

"The truth you believe in and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything
new."  - Pema Chodron

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