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Research article2006Peer reviewed

Phylogenetic analyses of parasites in the new millennium

Morrison, DA


Phylogenetic analysis has changed greatly in the last decade, and the most important themes in that change are reviewed here. Sequence data have become the most common source of phylogenetic information. This means that explicit models for evolutionary processes have been developed in a likelihood context, which allow more realistic data analyses. These models are becoming increasingly complex, both for nucleotides and for amino acid sequences, and so all such models need to be quantitatively assessed for each data set, to find the most appropriate one for use in any particular tree-building analysis. Bayesian analysis has been developed for tree-building and is greatly increasing in popularity. This is because a good heuristic strategy exists, which allows large data sets to be analyzed with complex evolutionary models in a practical time. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of tree interpretation is the ongoing confusion between rooted and unrooted trees, while the effect of taxon and character sampling is often overlooked when constructing a phylogeny (especially in parasitology). The review finishes with a detailed consideration of the analysis of a multi-gene data set for several dozen taxa of Cryptosporidium (Apicomplexa), illustrating many of the theoretical and practical points highlighted in the review

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Advances in Parasitology
2006, Volume: 63, pages: 1-124 ISBN: 0-12-031763-X

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    Animal and Dairy Science
    Veterinary Science

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