I am trying to infer the ancestral state from a MSA that I have using MEGA. However, I am not sure how I will get a sequence as the ancestral state when there is no input in form of a MSA into the ancestral state reconstruction feature in MEGA. I am also not very sure how to interpret the output that comes in form of an excel sheet. I could not find a MEGA tutorial online for this. Could someone please point me towards online resources that could help me ?
The easiest way to do it is to use the PRANK multiple alignment. Is as easy as activating the -showanc option when calling the command to build the MSA.
Notice that PRANK requires a phylogenetic tree as input, although it can also calculate it automatically using mafft (read the manual).