Phylogeny

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 Evolutionary relationships are pretty important in biology and thus constructing phylogenetic trees is becoming a part of practical exam in almost every biology olympiad. Below you will find some slideshows about UPGMA.

UPGMA is a distance method and therefore needs a distance matrix. UPGMA is “ultrametric”, meaning that all the terminal nodes (i.e. the sequences/taxa) are equally distance from the root. In molecular terms, this means that UPGMA assumes a molecular clock, i.e. all lineages are evolving at a constant rate. In practical terms, this means that you can construct a distance scale bar and all the terminal nodes will be level at position 0.0, representing the present.

An amazing step-by-step tutorial how to use UPGMA can be found HERE, so study it thoroughly because you may need to construct a tree during the IBO using this UPGMA method. Thanks to http://edwardslab.blogspot.com.au/

Another slideshow:

Then, a very handy tool to learn about evolution can be found HERE.