Ribosomal RNA: a key to phylogeny.

  title={Ribosomal RNA: a key to phylogeny.},
  author={Gary J. Olsen and Carl R. Woese},
  journal={FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology},
  volume={7 1},
As molecular phylogeny increasingly shapes our understanding of organismal relationships, no molecule has been applied to more questions than have ribosomal RNAs. We review this role of the rRNAs and some of the insights that have been gained from them. We also offer some of the practical considerations in extracting the phylogenetic information from the sequences. Finally, we stress the importance of comparing results from multiple molecules, both as a method for testing the overall… CONTINUE READING

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