UNIT 6.1 Introduction to Inferring Evolutionary Relationships

  1. Roderic D.M. Page

Published Online: 1 FEB 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0471250953.bi0601s00

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

How to Cite

Page, R. D. 2003. Introduction to Inferring Evolutionary Relationships. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics. 00:6.1:6.1.1–6.1.13.

Author Information

  1. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2003
  2. Published Print: JAN 2003


This unit provides a general introduction to phylogeny. It defines common terms and discusses the issue of rooting trees, in addition to comparing gene and species trees. Methods for inferring phylogenies, such as distance methods, parsimony methods, and maximum likelihood are also presented. The unit concludes with discussion of how to assess tree confidence.