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Over at Dechronization, Luke Harmon posts an interview with phylogenetics expert Joe Felsenstein, a professor in the genome sciences department at the University of Washington. Asked about recent advances in systematics or comparative methods, Felsenstein responds, "The availability of genome-scale information is certainly one. The arrival of a generation of young researchers who are comfortable with statistical and computational approaches is another.

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