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