BACKGROUND: Distance methods are ubiquitous tools in phylogenetics.Their primary purpose may be to reconstructevolutionary history, but they are also used as components in bioinformatic pipelines. However, poorcomputational efficiency has been a constraint on the applicability of distance methods on very largeproblem instances.
RESULTS: We present fastphylo, a software package containing implementations of efficient algorithms for twocommon problems in phylogenetics: estimating DNA/protein sequence distances and reconstructing aphylogeny from a distance matrix. We compare fastphylo with other neighbor joining based methodsand report the results in terms of speed and memory efficiency.
CONCLUSIONS: Fastphylo is a fast, memory efficient, and easy to use software suite. Due to its modular architecture,fastphylo is a flexible tool for many phylogenetic studies.
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