Algorithms of Evolution

Evolutionary mechanisms have inspired mathematical modeling, and computational methods underpin investigations into bioinformatics and biological evolution.

phylogenetics versus phenetics

Phylogenetic separation into evolutionary relationships (clades), based on comparison of genomes is likely to supplant traditional phenotypical (phenetic) taxonomies.

Phenetic systems group organisms based on mutual similarity of phenotypic (physical and chemical) characteristics. Such taxonomies aim to group organisms according to shared characteristics against the background of biological diversity. Phenetic groupings may or may not correlate with evolutionary relationships.

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