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Tutorial Details: MrBayes: Sequence Evolution Analysis Software

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Location: Room 138 Cargill
Instructor(s): Wayne Xu, MSI

Sequence evolutionary analysis is an important solution in exploring the relatedness of species or proteins. There are many programs employing a variety of algorithms. MrBayes is a program for the Bayesian estimation of phylogeny. It uses a Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) method to approximate the posterior probability distribution of trees, which is the probability of a tree conditioned on the observations.

In this tutorial, we will discuss the Bayesian estimation theory and demonstrate the MrBayes program using test sequence data.

Prerequisites: Biology and basic statistics