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Gene Trees and Species Trees

  1. Wen-Hsiung Li

Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005137

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How to Cite

Li, W.-H. 2006. Gene Trees and Species Trees. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

Abstract

A species tree is a phylogenetic tree that represents the evolutionary pathways of a group of species. A gene tree is a phylogenetic tree constructed from a single gene from each of the species under study.

Keywords:

  • ancestral polymorphism;
  • sequence splitting;
  • population splitting