Phylogenetics is the attempt to reconstruct the evolutionary relationships between species. Historically, this was done using quantitative morphological data, but modern methods rely more heavily on DNA sequence data.

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  • News & Views |

    Multi-drug resistant Mycobacterium abscessus clones from individuals who smoke have infiltrated the narrow niche of patients with cystic fibrosis, which has resulted in surprising specialization and subsequent worldwide dissemination.

    • Thierry Wirth
    Nature Microbiology 6, 1215-1216
  • News & Views |

    The genome of a magnoliid, Aristolochia fimbriata, shows no evidence of whole-genome duplication, a feature uniquely shared with Amborella trichopoda, the sister species to all other angiosperms. This ancestral structure of the Aristolochia genome offers great opportunities for comparative genomics.

    • Zhen Li
    •  & Yves Van de Peer
    Nature Plants 7, 1162-1163
  • News & Views |

    Sperm length unexpectedly varies more than 3,000-fold across species, posing new questions for anisogamy theory and understanding the different forces shaping evolution of the male gamete.

    • Matthew J. G. Gage
  • Research Highlights |

    Two new studies in Science use lineage tracking in humans to show that among the first few embryonic cells originating from post-fertilization cell divisions, there can be substantial imbalance in their contributions to mature tissues.

    • Darren J. Burgess