Tip of the Week: Drawing a Tree

phylodendron_thumbSo, you’ve got your sequences aligned using Clustal, Muscle or T-Coffee (or other program), you’ve created a tree data file using PAUP, Phylip or one of the other many algorithms out there, now you want to draw and visualize those relationships. A good place to go to find a list of tools to do that is at the huge list of phylogeny tools at Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington (there is a lot more than just tree drawing of course!). Many of these tools are downloaded and feature rich, one might suit your needs, so check them out. One this tip points out is Phylodendron, which you can download, but also has a web interface. This will allow you to quickly draw a tree for viewing.