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PLoS Genet. 2016 Apr 14;12(4):e1005912. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005912. eCollection 2016.

What Is the Tree of Life?

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Abstract

A universal Tree of Life (TOL) has long been a goal of molecular phylogeneticists, but reticulation at the level of genes and possibly at the levels of cells and species renders any simple interpretation of such a TOL, especially as applied to prokaryotes, problematic.

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10.1371/journal.pgen.1005912
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