Defining bacterial species in the genomic era: insights from the genus Acinetobacter

@inproceedings{Chan2012DefiningBS,
  title={Defining bacterial species in the genomic era: insights from the genus Acinetobacter},
  author={Jacqueline Z. M. Chan and Mihail R. Halachev and Nicholas J. Loman and Chrystala Constantinidou and Mark J. Pallen},
  booktitle={BMC Microbiology},
  year={2012}
}
Microbial taxonomy remains a conservative discipline, relying on phenotypic information derived from growth in pure culture and techniques that are time-consuming and difficult to standardize, particularly when compared to the ease of modern high-throughput genome sequencing. Here, drawing on the genus Acinetobacter as a test case, we examine whether bacterial taxonomy could abandon phenotypic approaches and DNA-DNA hybridization and, instead, rely exclusively on analyses of genome sequence… CONTINUE READING
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