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New Uses for New Phylogenies

Edited By: P Harvey, AJ Leigh-Brown, J Maynard-Smith and S Nee

349 pages, Figs, tabs

Oxford University Press

Paperback | May 1996 | #53079 | ISBN: 0198549849
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Modern genetic methods have allowed the construction of detailed family trees and evolutionary histories. This book shows how such phylogenies can be used to answer questions about population dynamics, epidemiology, development, biodiversity, conservation and the evolution of genetic systems. It also outlines techniques for deciding what these new trees can tell us from a unified framework, so that a common set of methods can be applied.

"This comprehensive volume describes how phylogenetic trees can be used to address questions about population dynamics, epidemiology, development, biodiversity, conservation, and the evolution of genetic systems, and will interest biologists working in these and related fields."--BIOSIS
"The integration of phylogenies into areas outside of pure systematics has been one of the most striking developments in evolutionary biology over the past decade or so. . .New Uses for New Phylogenies. . .present[s] an extremely wide range of ideas, methods, and applications. . .Furthermore, although it is not a stated purpose of the book, the 20 chapters together demonstrate the special qualities of molecular data for addressing certain problems." --American Zoologist


1. What this book is about; 2. New phylogenies: an introductory look at the coalescent; 3. Genealogies and geography; 4. The coalescent process and background selection; 5. Inferring population history from molecular phylogenies; 6. Applications of intraspecific phylogenetics; 7. Inferring phylogenies from DNA sequence data: the effects of sampling; 8. Uses for evolutionary trees; 9. Cross-species transmission and recombination of 'AIDS' viruses; 10. Using interspecies phylogenies to test macroevolutionary hypotheses; 11. Using phylogenetic trees to reconstruct the history of infectious disease epidemics; 12. Relating geographic patterns to phylogenetic processes; 13. Uses of molecular phylogenies for conservation; 14. Testing the time axis of phylogenies; 15. Comparative evolution of larval and adult life-history stages and small subunit ribosomal RNA amongst post-Palaeozoic echinoids; 16. Molecular phylogenies and host-parasite cospeciation: gophers and lice as a model system; 17. A microevolutionary link, between phylogenies and comparative data; 18. Comparative test of evolutionary lability and rats using molecular phylogenies; 19. Community evolution in Greater Antilean anolis lizards: phylogenetic patterns and experimental tests; 20. The evolution of body plans: HOM/Hox cluster evolution, model systems, and the importance of phylogeny

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