The Pharyngula synteny

Posted on June 25, 2008

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Apologies for the pun. PZ Myers has a fascinating explanation of how modern comparative genomics is done. As he puts it:

It’s a combination of molecular archaeology and elaborate logic game, and it is impressive intellectual fun.

And what more could you want? Reading stuff like that makes me genuinely excited and very glad to be able to witness this kind of work being done. What I do wonder about, though, is the degree to which this discipline draws upon the work in linguistics aimed at reconstructing dead undocumented languages (such as Proto-European) from families of existing ones. The basic problem seems to be quite similar but I have no idea whether the tools to be used are also similar.

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