Rare genomic changes as a tool for phylogenetics.
Rokas A., Holland PW.
DNA sequence data have offered valuable insights into the relationships between living organisms. However, most phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequences rely primarily on single nucleotide substitutions, which might not be perfect phylogenetic markers. Rare genomic changes (RGCs), such as intron indels, retroposon integrations, signature sequences, mitochondrial and chloroplast gene order changes, gene duplications and genetic code changes, provide a suite of complementary markers with enormous potential for molecular systematics. Recent exploitation of RGCs has already started to yield exciting phylogenetic information.