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Phylogenetic Analysis of DNA Sequences

By: M Miyamoto and J Cracraft

400 pages, 4 b/w illus, 75 line illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Feb 1992 | #16054 | ISBN: 0195066987
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This book reviews current findings in comparative analysis of DNA sequences, and should be of use to botanists and zoologists involved in systematics/taxonomy and evolution.

"Valuable contributions. . .make this worth buying. . . .[Is] worth reading by any systematist, whether using molecular or conventional data." --Plant Science Bulletin
"A window onto the current state of the art of this field. . . .[Will] prove useful and interesting to evolutionary theorists, molecular biologists, and those involved in various genome projects. . . .A welcome addition to the library, reflecting as it does the integration of knowledge and an interdisciplinary approach to deep and interesting issues in biology." --Bio/Technology
"The contributors have taken on some of the most difficult problems in the phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequence data. This well-edited book is a timely statement of the science; I recommend it highly." --BioScience
"Captures the excitement that the increasing availablility of DNA sequence data is bringing to the study of systematics. I enjoyed the book. I learnt a great deal from it and would recommend it as a useful reference and e


1. Phylogenetic inference, DNA sequence analysis, and the future of molecular systematics; 2. DNA sequencing: strategy and methods to directly sequence large DNA molecules; 3. The application of automated DNA sequence analysis to phylogenetic studies; 4. Computer alignment of sequences; 5. Aligning DNA sequences: homology and phylogenetic weighting; 6. Relative efficiencies of different tree-making methods for molecular data; 7. Compositional statistics evaluated by computer simulations; 8. Weighted parsimony: does it work?; 9. Testing the theory of descent; 10. Parsimony and phylogenetic inference using DNA sequences: some methodological strategies; 11. Evolutionary analysis of length-variable sequences: divergent domains of robosomal RNA; 12. Statistical methods for testing molecular phylogenies; 13. Discriminating between phylogenetic signal and random noise in DNA sequences; 14. When are phylogeny estimates from morphological and molecular data incongruent?; 15. Congruence among data sets: a Bayesian approach

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