DNA can be extracted and sequenced from a diverse range of biological samples, providing a vast amount of information about evolution and ecology. The analysis of DNA sequences contributes to evolutionary biology at all levels, from dating the origin of the biological kingdoms to untangling family relationships.
An Introduction to Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics presents the fundamental concepts and intellectual tools you need to understand how the genome records information about evolutionary past and processes, how that information can be "read", and what kinds of questions we can use that information to answer. Starting with evolutionary principles, and illustrated throughout with biological examples, it is the perfect starting point on the journey to an understanding of the way
molecular data is used in modern biology.
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1. Introduction - The story in DNA ; 2. DNA - The immortal germline ; 3. Mutation - We are all mutants ; 4. Replication - Endless copies ; 5. Genome - Accident and design ; 6. Gene - Making an organism ; 7. Selection - Descent with modification ; 8. Drift - Chance and necessity ; 9. Species - Origin of species ; 10. Alignment - Same but different ; 11. Phylogeny - Tree of life ; 12. Hypotheses - Seeing the wood for the trees ; 13. Rates - Tempo and mode ; 14. Dates - Telling the time