A critical appraisal of the use of microRNA data in phylogenetics.

@article{Thomson2014ACA,
  title={A critical appraisal of the use of microRNA data in phylogenetics.},
  author={Robert C. Thomson and David Charles Plachetzki and Donald L. Mahler and Brian R. Moore},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2014},
  volume={111 35},
  pages={E3659-68}
}
Recent progress in resolving the tree of life continues to expose relationships that resist resolution, which drives the search for novel sources of information to solve these difficult phylogenetic problems. A recent example, the presence and absence of microRNA families, has been vigorously promoted as an ideal source of phylogenetic data and has been applied to several perennial phylogenetic problems. The utility of such data for phylogenetic inference hinges critically both on developing… CONTINUE READING