The genomes under discussion are available for free download from the Internet, and the programs to compare them are open source. This means that it should be possible for anyone who is interested to be able to actually explore the sequences and fact-check the respective claims for themselves.
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen much in the way of guidance on how to use these programs. I tried running a couple of sequences through a web-based BLAST implementation a while back, but I was a bit mystified about how to interpret the results.
It would be good if we could have a series of blog posts or tutorials here on the BioLogos website on how to use these tools and what to look out for.
Is anyone with the necessary expertise able to oblige?