Phylogenetics articles from across Nature Portfolio

Phylogenetics is the attempt to reconstruct the evolutionary relationships between species. Historically, this was done using quantitative morphological data, but modern methods rely more heavily on DNA sequence data.

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  • Research Highlights |

    By studying the closest extant unicellular relatives of animals and fungi, a study in Nature contrasts the evolutionary trajectories leading to the origin of these groups.

    • Linda Koch
  • News & Views |

    Multi-drug resistant Mycobacterium abscessus clones from individuals who smoke have infiltrated the narrow niche of patients with cystic fibrosis, which has resulted in surprising specialization and subsequent worldwide dissemination.

    • Thierry Wirth
    Nature Microbiology 6, 1215-1216
  • News & Views |

    The genome of a magnoliid, Aristolochia fimbriata, shows no evidence of whole-genome duplication, a feature uniquely shared with Amborella trichopoda, the sister species to all other angiosperms. This ancestral structure of the Aristolochia genome offers great opportunities for comparative genomics.

    • Zhen Li
    •  & Yves Van de Peer
    Nature Plants 7, 1162-1163
  • News & Views |

    Sperm length unexpectedly varies more than 3,000-fold across species, posing new questions for anisogamy theory and understanding the different forces shaping evolution of the male gamete.

    • Matthew J. G. Gage