29 September 2000
Vol 289, Issue 5488

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COVER Bioinformatics has begun to play a major role in facilitating biodiversity research, especially in the fields of taxonomy and systematics. Global databases are under construction for a wide range of groups of organisms, and the goal of a complete, digitized catalog of all named living organisms is in sight (although the number of unknown and unnamed species might still exceed this total). A special section on informatics in biodiversity begins on page 2305. [Photo collage: C. Faber Smith; images (top) Chris Knapton/Digital Vision (bottom) J. M. Horrillo/AGE Fotostock America]