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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    Analysis of niche related morphological traits in nearly 10,000 species of birds shows concordance between phenotypic traits and trophic function. Avian trophic niche space can be described by only two to four dimensions, with the occurrence of similar adaptive morphologies primarily driven by convergent evolution.

    • Matthew J. Larcombe
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Intratumoral genetic heterogeneity of driver somatic mutations is present in a variety of tumor types, yet the extent of heterogeneity is variable. We propose that this variation is a reflection of the inherent biology of a given tumor type, representing the pace of metastatic dissemination and hence clinical disease course.

    • Christine A. Iacobuzio-Donahue
    • , Kevin Litchfield
    •  & Charles Swanton
    Nature Cancer 1, 3-6
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    The One Thousand Plant Initiative analysed an unprecedented collection of >1,000 plant vegetative transcriptomes from species spanning the green tree of life, resolved controversial phylogenetic placements and highlighted gene family expansions and whole genome duplications that occurred during different stages of evolution.

    • Patrick Wincker
    Nature Plants 5, 1106-1107
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    A quantitative phylogenetic association mapping approach links genic mutational spectra to the evolution of DNA methylation in the Brassicaceae family of flowering plants. The method has wider applications and may usher in a new era in our understanding of species diversity.

    • Frank Johannes
    Nature Plants 5, 772-773