Genus as the species

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Fri Apr 9 07:02:16 CDT 1999

At 06:22 AM 4/9/99 -0500, Thomas G. Lammers wrote:
> This journal's approach
>addresses the same problem that almost everyone else on the planet has
>solved by initializing the genus name, e.g., "E. coli", but with a less
>satisfactory solution.

How many non-scientists would recognize the phrase "E. coli"? (Quite a few,
I imagine, because of the problems with contaminated food.) How many of
those same people would recognize "Escherichia"? Just for grins, how many
of *you* can name a single additional species of Escherichia besides E.
coli? (I can't.)

Curtis Clark        
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