Taxonomic Revival

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Science  29 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5488, pp. 2306-2308
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5488.2306

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The biodiversity crisis is not just about the perilous state of plants and animals; accumulated knowledge about each species is also under threat. But by putting museum collections online and training students to be computer- and molecular biology-savvy, taxonomists hope their field will thrive in the new millennium. Some of those collections date back centuries, providing a historical context for studies of the world's organisms.