Eyespy: September 2005
The “Fungal Tree of Life” has been growing steadily for two years, and recently received a boost from two new computer programs. One program validates and assembles new fungal DNA data, while the other gathers known sequences from public archives. Numerous fungal family trees exist independently of one another, sometimes overlapping or conflicting. With the aid of these new computer programs, data can be integrated from old and new sources, and its validity can be tested against existing sequences. One 588 species fungal tree is now published, but researchers hope to have 1500 species tied together by 2006 (Science 2005;309:374).
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