Ancestral inference from samples of DNA sequences with recombination

J Comput Biol. Winter 1996;3(4):479-502. doi: 10.1089/cmb.1996.3.479.


The sampling distribution of a collection of DNA sequences is studied under a model where recombination can occur in the ancestry of the sequences. The infinitely-many-sites model of mutation is assumed where there may only be one mutation at a given site. Ancestral inference procedures are discussed for: estimating recombination and mutation rates; estimating the times to the most recent common ancestors along the sequences; estimating ages of mutations; and estimating the number of recombination events in the ancestry of the sample. Inferences are made conditional on the configuration of the pattern of mutations at sites in observed sample sequences. A computational algorithm based on a Markov chain simulation is developed, implemented, and illustrated with examples for these inference procedures. This algorithm is very computationally intensive.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Base Sequence
  • Computer Simulation*
  • DNA / genetics*
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Markov Chains
  • Models, Genetic*
  • Mutation


  • DNA