Time to update taxonomy? Article from BioMedNet [Snip w/link]

W.Wuster w.wuster at BANGOR.AC.UK
Fri Jan 31 11:57:34 CST 2003


The real crux of the matter is that if all these DNA sequences are to 
mean anything other than simply existing as a nice bunch of sequences in 
a computer, then they will have to be related to a real organism, i.e., 
a specimen. For that specimen to be of any use, we need morphological 
taxonomists who know what they are looking at.

A bunch of DNA sequences without an organism to relate them to is of no 
use whatsoever to anyone.

The various difficulties of deciding species status, or otherwise, from 
a particular sequence should be too glaringly obvious to require 
repetition, but it seems like I am being a bit overoptimistic...

Wolfgang

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