The end of the line for taxonomists - or is it?

Doug Yanega dyanega at UCR.EDU
Tue Jun 29 11:45:04 CDT 2004

>A gadget that identifies any species in an instant could transform the
>way we see life on earth p.32"

If this refers to Hebert's harebrained scheme to use the COI gene to
"barcode" all living taxa, taxonomists can ignore it - anyone who
works enough with sequencing knows that COI is unreliable, and also
can vary within even a single species, or even a single population,
making COI completely UNsuitable for taxonomic purposes.


Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521
phone: (909) 787-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
   "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
         is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

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