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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Evolutionary Trees Reveal Patterns of Microbial Diversification

While teaching a class on coarse-graining methods in physics, James O’Dwyer realized that the technique could be used to understand how microbes evolve over time. The results, published in PNAS, reveal microbial family trees with distinct evolutionary patterns that may one day help us understand how harmful microbes evolve.

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