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Fifty Years of Computers, statistics and the Tree of Life

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Fifty years ago, advances in computing and increasing amounts of genetic data led to new methods for constructing phylogenetic trees. Initially they were algorithmic, like ‘minimum evolution’ but soon model-based like ‘maximum likelihood’. First applied to human gene-frequency data, the methods were adopted for other genetic data and ultimately for DNA sequences themselves.

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