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From Pterosaurs to Birds: Software Improves the Construction of Phylogenetic Trees

Dinosaurs, redwood trees or mayflies - over the course of millions of years, evolution has brought many different species into existence. To investigate the evolutionary relationships between these species, researchers compute phylogenic trees. Bioinformaticians from Saarbrücken, Leipzig and Marburg have developed a method that can use significantly more information for the reconstruction of such trees than previous methods, allowing a more precise computation of the evolutionary history of the species. The research work „Phylogenomics with Paralogs“ has been published in the renowned journal „Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences“.

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