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18th Century Reverend Enlightens Evolutionary Biologists

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December 25, 2001
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Uppsala University
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Scientists from the US and from the Evolutionary biology Centre at Uppsala University have now developed computer-based methods for Bayesian inference of problems in evolutionary biology. The basic idea is to allow the computer to walk around, according to certain rules, in a landscape defined by the relative probability of different evolutionary scenarios.

Evolutionary biologists are often interested in reconstructing how different genes evolved from each other. Large numbers of genes can now be sequenced quickly but the development of statistical methods has lagged behind. To analyse even moderately large data sets under realistic evolutionary models, researchers have been forced to use supercomputers.


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