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I’ve heard a number of people saying anonymous peer review is broken and we need a different publishing model. One where reviewers cannot hide behind their anonymity. I don’t think it is broken. Actually I think anonymity is essential, one...

Following on from my previous post I decide to try Google Maps as an interface to large phylogenetic trees. This was a very quick and dirty go at seeing whether it would work as a navigable interface. I tried the...

It seems that Genome Projector has swept the blogosphere over the last 24 hours. I’ve seen it listed on many of the blogs I’m reading. It looks very good and intuitive. I just wanted to mention a couple of things.This...

While I was reading the Nature paper I was talking about in my last post I was thinking about the use of the term “phylogenomics”. It seems like there are two quite separate contexts where it is used.(1) Integrating evolutionary...

There’s an interesting paper in Nature on animal phylogeny. The authors take an EST approach adding multi-gene data for 11 new animal phyla and increasing data for others.Dunn et al. “Broad phylogenomic sampling improves resolution of the animal tree of...

In order to really get information out of building phylogenetic trees (especially large ones) some thought has to be given to how to annotate the tips (OTUs).The two programs that seem to do this in a powerful way are ARB...

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