Josephine F. Reyes

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Molecular typing methods are commonly used to study genetic relationships among bacterial isolates. Many of these methods have become standardized and produce portable data. A popular approach for analyzing such data is to construct graphs, including phylogenies. Inferences from graph representations of data assist in understanding the patterns of(More)
Variable numbers of tandem repeats (VNTR) typing is widely used for studying the bacterial cause of tuberculosis. Knowledge of the rate of mutation of VNTR loci facilitates the study of the evolution and epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Previous studies have applied population genetic models to estimate the mutation rate, leading to estimates(More)
Variable numbers of tandem repeat (VNTR) loci and spoligotypes are molecular markers used to study genetic diversity of bacteria such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Knowledge about the rate at which molecular fingerprints change, or the mutation rate, is important for interpreting molecular epidemiological data and for studying quantitative models of the(More)
spolTools is a collection of online programs designed to manipulate and analyze spoligotype datasets of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. These tools are integrated into a repository currently containing 1179 spoligotypes and 6278 isolates across 30 datasets. Users can search this database to export for external use or to pass on to the integrated(More)
Homoplasy is the occurrence of genotypes that are identical by state but not by descent. It arises through a number of means including convergent and reverse evolution, and horizontal gene transfer. When using molecular markers that are based on sequences possessing a finite number of character states, such as VNTR or spoligotypes, this is an unavoidable(More)
A model-based Bayesian estimation of the rate of evolution of VNTR loci in Mycobacterium tuberculosis R. Z. Aandahl, Josephine F. Reyes, S. A. Sisson, Mark M. Tanaka2,∗ 1 School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia 2 Evolution & Ecology Research Centre and School of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences,(More)
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