Introduction to Multiple Sequence Alignment (MSAs) and Phylogenies

Thursday 7th - Friday 8th April, 2011

Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, UK

Aidan Budd, Sarah Parks, and Adrian Friday

This introductionary two-day courses focuses on multiple sequence alignment (MSA) and phylogenetics - tools important for a wide range of different bioinformatic analyses e.g. protein structure prediction, comparative genomics etc.

The course will focus on providing experience of examining, manipulating, and interpreting the results of these analyses: in particular of tree topologies, branch lengths, roots, splits, and positional equivalence in MSAs. Another focus will be on giving examples of biological questions that can be investigated using MSAs and phylogenies.

Please note that the focus is on protein sequences - although in some places, examples will include nucleic acid sequences.



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