Prokaryotic taxonomy in the sequencing era--the polyphasic approach revisited.

@article{Kaempfer2012ProkaryoticTI,
  title={Prokaryotic taxonomy in the sequencing era--the polyphasic approach revisited.},
  author={Peter Kaempfer and Stefanie P. Glaeser},
  journal={Environmental microbiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={14 2},
  pages={
          291-317
        }
}
The ultimate goal of taxonomy is to establish a system that mirrors the 'order in nature'. In prokaryote microbiology, almost all taxonomic concepts try to mirror the whole evolutionary order back to the origin of life with the cell as basic unit. The introduction of the 16S rRNA gene as molecular marker allowed for the first time the creation of a hierarchical taxonomic system based on one practical molecular marker. With the development of new and rapid sequencing technologies a wealth of new… CONTINUE READING
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