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Science  26 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5543, pp. 769-770
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5543.769

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BOSTON-- An odd combination of high-tech gurus and senior taxonomists has formed a foundation that aims to catalog and describe every species on Earth. The foundation assembled two dozen scientists last week at Harvard to help figure out how to tackle such a mammoth endeavor. As was clear at the meeting, the bold proposal is raising both the hopes and hackles of taxonomists.