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The reconstruction of phylogeny - What are the different molecular methods?


Distance statistics

Some molecular evidence can only be used to infer phylogenetic relations with distance statistics.

Despite rapid improvements in sequencing techniques, we still have sequences for only small parts of the genome even in well studied species. A phylogeny based on one or two genes may be biased, and methods that do not require exact sequences and use samples from a larger part of the genome can be useful. There are several versions of these methods, but they all infer phylogenies by distance statistics.

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