Molecular systematics: Perfect SINEs of evolutionary history?

Curr Biol. 1999 Nov 4;9(21):R816-9. doi: 10.1016/s0960-9822(99)80498-9.


Short interspersed repetitive elements - SINEs - are being championed as near-perfect phylogenetic characters; they have recently been used with notable success to resolve some phylogenetic conundrums, but they do have certain limitations that restrict their use as 'perfect' characters for molecular systematics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Phylogeny
  • Short Interspersed Nucleotide Elements / genetics*