Parsimony analysis (cladistics) has long been one of the most widely used methods of phylogenetic inference in the fields of systematic and evolutionary biology. Moreover it has mathematical attributes that lend itself for use with complex, genomic-scale data sets. This book demonstrates the potential that this powerful hierarchical data summarization method also has for both structural and functional comparative genomic research.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 246 x 190 x 14 mm
"Many readers might be wondering why a simple principle such as parsimony would be so useful in a technologically advanced area of study like genomics. The answer is found within the pages of this volume." The Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 82, Rob DeSalle, American Museum of Natural History
"This is one of those rare edited volumes that reads like a recent journal with respect to the novelty of work, and is in many ways exciting because of the material included." The Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 82, Rob DeSalle, American Museum of Natural History
"There is a lot to consider in the book for practicing systematists, mostly issues of molecular systematics, ranging from DNA sequence alignment problems to those of the practicality of analysis of the enormous and ever increasing data sets that are generated by genomic approaches to phylogeny reconstruction." Olivier Rieppel, Biology and Philosophy (2007), 22:141-144
"...this is the book to consult if you want to know more about the role that parsimony analysis has to play in phylogenetics today and what it might be used for in the future." Systematic Biology, 56(1): 147-149, 2007