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J Mol Evol. 2016 Dec;83(5-6):184-192. Epub 2016 Nov 21.

Molecular Phylogenetics and the Perennial Problem of Homology.

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1
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.
2
Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.
3
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada. ford@dal.ca.

Abstract

The concept of homology has a long history, during much of which the issue has been how to reconcile similarity and common descent when these are not coextensive. Although thinking molecular phylogeneticists have learned not to say "percent homology," the problems are deeper than that and unresolved.

KEYWORDS:

Homology; Molecular phylogenetics; Philosophy of biology

PMID:
27872952
DOI:
10.1007/s00239-016-9766-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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