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A variant on tree alignment is star alignment (SA), in which it is assumed that the underlying tree is a star. , [9,10]). Altschul and Lipman  pointed out that SP, TA and SA costs for the same column can be very diﬀerent, as shown in Fig. 2. SP overcounts mutations in a column because it considers that a separate mutation occurred between each pair in the column. In some sense, it is a “least parsimonious,” or proﬂigate, model of mutation. In contrast, TA has been traditionally used with the maximum parsimony criterion.
In other species, lysozyme is only needed in the intestines. As a result, lysozymes in cows and colobine monkeys exhibit amino acid substitutions not found in other species, suggesting, wrongly, that the two species are closely related. This would result in the wrong tree for those residues. Tetraloops in rRNA provide another example of convergent evolution [43,44]. Tetraloops are strings of six bases that form loops at the end of helices in rRNA structures. The two end bases bond, allowing the internal four bases to form a loop.
Because the codon abundance of the parasite can diﬀer from that of the host, the host can to a certain extent control the replication of parasites in its cells. Our model allows us to infer the consequences of redundancy and degeneracy on the translation rate of parasite genomes. We now distinguish between parasite and host codon usage. Let the m × 1 → vector − cp contain the abundances of codons in the parasite genome. The ﬁrst step in translation is the transcription into mRNA, which is a possible source of error.