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A likelihood method for the detection of selection and recombination using nucleotide sequences


Molecular Biology and Evolution 14(3): 239-247
A likelihood method for the detection of selection and recombination using nucleotide sequences
Different regions along nucleotide sequences are often subject to different evolutionary forces. Recombination will result in regions having different evolutionary histories, while selection can cause regions to evolve at different rates. This paper presents a statistical method based on likelihood for detecting such processes by identifying the regions which do not fit with a single phylogenetic topology and nucleotide substitution process along the entire sequence. Subsequent reanalysis of these anomalous regions may then be possible. The method is tested using simulations, and its application is demonstrated using the primate psi-eta-globin pseudogene, the V3 region of the envelope gene of HIV-1, and argF sequences from Neisseria bacteria. Reanalysis of anomalous regions is shown to reveal possible immune selection in HIV-1 and recombination in Neisseria. A computer program which implements the method is available.


Accession: 002738003

PMID: 9066792

DOI: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.molbev.a025760



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