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Evolutionary Distance: Estimation

  1. Masatoshi Nei1,
  2. Jianzhi Zhang2

Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005108

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Nei, M. and Zhang, J. 2006. Evolutionary Distance: Estimation. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 2

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

Abstract

Evolutionary distance refers to the number of nucleotide substitutions per site between two homologous DNA sequences or the number of amino acid substitutions per site between two homologous protein sequences.

Keywords:

  • nucleotide substitution;
  • synonymous distance;
  • nonsynonymous distance;
  • protein evolution