Math/CS Colloquium: Phylogenetic Studies of HIV
October 21, 2003
Phylogenetics is the study of evolutionary relationships between
and within species. Most modern phylogenetic work uses DNA and protein sequence data to reconstruct an evolutionary tree of
the species under study. Because the number of such trees increases rapidly with the number of species, enormous effort has
gone into devising computationally efficient phylogenetic algorithms.
In this talk, we'll briefly explore phylogenetic
concepts and methods, with emphasis on linking the mathematical models with the underlying biology. We will then discuss two
studies of HIV evolution which illustrate some of the applications of
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