The bacterial species definition in the genomic era.

  title={The bacterial species definition in the genomic era.},
  author={Konstantinos T. Konstantinidis and Alban Ramette and James M. Tiedje},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={361 1475},
The bacterial species definition, despite its eminent practical significance for identification, diagnosis, quarantine and diversity surveys, remains a very difficult issue to advance. Genomics now offers novel insights into intra-species diversity and the potential for emergence of a more soundly based system. Although we share the excitement, we argue that it is premature for a universal change to the definition because current knowledge is based on too few phylogenetic groups and too few… CONTINUE READING
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