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mutating
Posted:
Apr 27, 2008 10:08 AM


assume a viruses has n binary positions in its genome and each position mutates randomly and independently at a rate of p per year. (typically n=5000, p=0.01) The virus can infect two different people, and those two can then evolve independently into different directions.
Assume you find two viruses at times t1<t2 and they differ at x positions, what is the expectation value and deviation (and distribution function ?) of the time of their most recent common anchestor ?



