A Beginner’s Guide to Phylogenetics


Metagenomics and the development of high throughput next generation sequencing capabilities have forced significant development in the field of phylogenetics: the study of the evolutionary relatedness of the planet’s inhabitants. Herein, I review the major tree-building strategies, challenges and opportunities which exist in this rapidly expanding field of evolutionary biology.

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Sleator, R.D. A Beginner’s Guide to Phylogenetics. Microb Ecol 66, 1–4 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00248-013-0236-x

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  • Maximum Parsimony
  • Lateral Gene Transfer
  • Minimum Evolution
  • Bayesian Inference Method