techniques play a central role in the development of molecular
evolution. Imported mainly from molecular biology and biochemistry,
different techniques have provided important new sources of
data regarding molecular change.
From an experimental perspective, the history of molecular
evolution can be divided into two periods: an earlier period
where protein data dominated, and a later period beginning
in the mid 1980s when DNA sequence data became more widely
A wide array of techniques were used in the development of
molecular evolution, including microcompliment fixation, protein
sequencing, hybridization, and DNA sequencing with PCR. These
pages focus on experimental techniques with particular historical
influence and significance. Please use the links to the right
to explore different experimental techniques and their impact
on molecular evolution.
This page was written by Michael Dietrich. It was last updated
on May 15,2004.