Microsatellite markers are widely used to calculate genetic distances. Studies that use this method to examine the phylogeography of animal breeds usually focus on regional or continental groups or may employ non-standard marker sets. A new method has been developed to allow the construction of global phylogenetic trees by combining the results from various isolated studies. The algorithm makes it possible to estimate genetic distances between breeds when data from some markers are missing. We demonstrate that reliable estimates can be obtained when an existing data set with full information was split in two data sets with various degrees of overlapping.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume , , 24.21, 2006
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