Researchers Release First Draft Of Open Source 'Tree Of Life

In summary, the Tree of Life project is a collaborative effort by researchers from 11 different institutions to create a detailed map of all forms of life on Earth. The Tree of Life is available as a digital resource that can be used or edited by anyone.
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In a project funded by the University of Michigan and the U.S. National Science Foundation, researchers from 11 different institutions have finished creating the first draft of the “Tree of Life.” The special tree does not yield any fruit, however, it interlinks 2.3 million different species of plants, animals and other creatures to depict their evolution.

The Tree of Life maps the species of organisms that existed at the beginning of life on the planet, dating back to 3.5 million years in the past. The researchers took reference from the different family and species trees published earlier to come up with the detailed and comprehensive Tree of Life. The previous family trees detailed up to 100,000 species, however, this is the first time that a detailed map encompassing across all forms of life has been developed. ...

Similar to the “Wikipedia” for evolutionary trees, the Tree of Life is available in the form of a digital resource that can be used or edited by anyone. The first draft of the tree created by the researcher also accompanies the underlying data and source code. The complete details of the creation has been described in an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
 
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This is also not the only web-based browser of the "Tree of Life." Here's another one that doesn't go down as far at the species level, but provides much more annotation on the various branches: http://tolweb.org/tree/
 
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Related to Researchers Release First Draft Of Open Source 'Tree Of Life

1. What is the "Tree of Life" and why is it important?

The "Tree of Life" is a visual representation of the evolutionary relationships between all living organisms on Earth. It is important because it allows us to better understand the diversity of life and how different species are related to each other.

2. Who created the first draft of the open source "Tree of Life"?

The first draft of the open source "Tree of Life" was created by a team of researchers from various institutions, including the University of Arizona, the University of Maryland, and the University of Texas at Austin.

3. What is the significance of making the "Tree of Life" open source?

By making the "Tree of Life" open source, it allows for collaboration and contributions from scientists all over the world. This can lead to more accurate and comprehensive representations of evolutionary relationships, as well as advancements in the field of evolutionary biology.

4. How is the "Tree of Life" created and updated?

The "Tree of Life" is created and updated through the analysis of genetic data from different species. This data is then used to create evolutionary relationships and the tree is continuously updated as new data becomes available.

5. How will the release of the first draft of the "Tree of Life" benefit scientific research?

The release of the first draft of the "Tree of Life" will benefit scientific research by providing a comprehensive and accurate reference for the relationships between different species. This can aid in various studies, such as understanding the spread of diseases or predicting the effects of climate change on certain species.

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