Modernizing the Tree of Life

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Science  13 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5626, pp. 1692-1697
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5626.1692

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A few enterprising researchers are using the tactics of big science to come up with ways to simplify and speed up the assessment of biodiversity. Others have pushed their colleagues into new ways of thinking about creating phylogenies, as they build ever-larger trees on their way to the one grand tree of life--a goal once considered unreachable.