• Naruya Saitou
Part of the Computational Biology book series (COBO, volume 17)


DNA replications generate phylogenies. Therefore, phylogenetic relationship of DNAs is fundamental for those of individuals, genes, and species. Their relationships and differences are discussed as well as the biologically important concepts such as gene genealogy, paralogy, orthology, and horizontal gene transfer. Basic concepts of trees and networks are then explained including mathematical definition, number of possible tree topologies, and description of trees and networks. Biological implications of trees and networks such as fission and fusion of species and populations and the relationship with taxonomy are also discussed.


Gene Duplication Horizontal Gene Transfer Branch Length Rooted Tree Tree Topology 
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  • Naruya Saitou
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  1. 1.Division of Population GeneticsNational Institute of Genetics (NIG)MishimaJapan

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