Over a year ago I threatened to perform some original research and publish it on my blog. I got as far as writing an introduction to the project, but I never actually posted any data. I know, I suck.I had hoped to make the project simple enough that people could follow along. The problem was the available data were not in a form that would be accessible for most readers. So, I’ve held off until now. But the appropriate data have now been deposited in Genbank, so I can continue the series.
Over the next couple of days I’ll post the previously published entries, and they will be followed by the subsequent new entries. I’m hoping to walk through this slowly enough that anyone with a computer and an internet connection can mimic what I’m doing. I’ll cover retrieving sequence data from Genbank and analyzing those data using various techniques from molecular evolution. It’s molecular evolution for the masses.