Bacterial Taxonomy

Timothy Paustian paustian at bact.wisc.edu
Mon Jul 12 13:29:51 EST 1999

John Ireland wrote:
> My question for discussion is as to how
> the advent of whole genome analysis is going to alter the viewpoints of
> taxonomy and what would be approiate guidelines for speciation of
> bacteria.

I think the new technology will be much more exacting than the old way
and I totally agree with David's comments. I think the real problem
comes in dealing with historical classifications and interfacing them
with new knowledge. We are in a much better position to make some hard
and fast rules than 30 years ago. My guess is that similar phenomenon to
what happened with Salmonella will happen with other species when they
are found to be near identical.


Timothy Paustian
Univ.of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

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