Re-evaluating prokaryotic species

  title={Re-evaluating prokaryotic species},
  author={D. Gevers and F. Cohan and J. Lawrence and B. Spratt and T. Coenye and E. Feil and E. Stackebrandt and Y. Peer and P. Vandamme and F. Thompson and J. Swings},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  • D. Gevers, F. Cohan, +8 authors J. Swings
  • Published 2005
  • Biology
  • Nature Reviews Microbiology
  • There is no widely accepted concept of species for prokaryotes, and assignment of isolates to species is based on measures of phenotypic or genome similarity. The current methods for defining prokaryotic species are inadequate and incapable of keeping pace with the levels of diversity that are being uncovered in nature. Prokaryotic taxonomy is being influenced by advances in microbial population genetics, ecology and genomics, and by the ease with which sequence data can be obtained. Here, we… CONTINUE READING
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