\ Visualizing Evolution: Scientists Fix Bugs in Our Understanding of Evolution

Friday, June 20, 2008

Scientists Fix Bugs in Our Understanding of Evolution

From the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), an article about a tool which allows a more accurate insight into evolution of DNA and protein sequences.
In the current issue of Science [EMBL researchers] uncover systematic errors in existing methods that compare genetic sequences of different species to learn about their evolutionary relationships. They present a new computational tool that avoids these errors and provides accurate insights into the evolution of DNA and protein sequences. The results challenge our understanding of how evolution happens and suggest that sequence turnover is much more common than assumed.
Wish I could provide more commentary than that, but I'm too tired, so here's a nice visualization from the press release:

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