Question: Deleting constant site columns OK?
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2.8 years ago by
dieter0
dieter0 wrote:

Hello all, I have another beginner question: Is it true, that in an MSA 100% constant positions (columns which only contain the same nucleotide or amino acid in all sequences and no gaps) can be deleted from the alignment without losing any phylogenetic information? Thanks Dieter

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 2.8 years ago • written 2.8 years ago by dieter0

I'm no expert on this, but I think it would depend what you intended to do with the MSA. If you were to draw a tree from it, the tree might be correct, but it may affect the ability to bootstrap replicate (since it discards columns at random and redraws based on the new info). Someone who knows better feel free to correct me.

ADD REPLYlink written 2.8 years ago by Joe18k

Thank you ymaule and jrj.healey, Yes, I use the MSA for MrBayes and RAxML to compute phylogenetic trees. OK, that helps - I also thought that way but found very different answers. If someone has more information or hints, please let me (and others) know. Thanks Dieter

ADD REPLYlink written 2.8 years ago by dieter0
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2.8 years ago by
fishgolden450
fishgolden450 wrote:

No. Because the columns have information. It'll change branch length of the phylogenetic tree at least.

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