[Taxacom] Proposed ICZN amendments on electronic publishing

Laurent Raty l.raty at skynet.be
Thu Dec 11 15:21:44 CST 2008

Doug Yanega wrote:
> That leaves my fundamental question unanswered: why can't taxonomists 
> do the same thing, and therefore be paper-free AND free from worry, 
> just like GenBank?

Still, there is an obvious, big difference between GenBank data and 
taxonomic data...
GenBank data are factual, not historical. Yes, these data represent a 
lot of work and a lot of money. But there is (fortunately ;o) no 
Principle of Priority applying to published the cytochrome b sequences 
of Aus bus Smith - and, if they were lost, these sequence could 
theoretically be replicated. What Smith wrote about Aus bus in 17xx 
could not.

L -
Laurent Raty
l.raty at skynet.be

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