Distances in Biology

  • Michel Marie Deza
  • Elena Deza


Distances are mainly used in Biology to pursue basic classification tasks, for instance, for reconstructing the evolutionary history of organisms in the form of phylogenetic trees. In the classical approach those distances were based on comparative morphology, physiology, mating studies, paleontology and immunodiffusion. The progress of modern Molecular Biology also allowed the use of nuclear- and amino-acid sequences to estimate distances between genes, proteins, genomes, organisms, species, etc.


Telomere Length Spike Train Genome Distance Penetration Distance Flight Initiation Distance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel Marie Deza
    • 1
  • Elena Deza
    • 2
  1. 1.École Normale SupérieureParisFrance
  2. 2.Moscow State Pedagogical UniversityMoscowRussia

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