DATABASE: The Microbial A-List

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Science  10 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5728, pp. 1525
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5728.1525a

A researcher who wants to name a new species of bacterium is supposed to follow rules set down by an international committee of microbiologists. But plenty of bacterial names floating around the literature haven't met the standards for official recognition. Find out whether a bug's handle satisfies the requirements at the List of Bacterial Names with Standing in Nomenclature, compiled by microbiologist J. P. Euzéby of the École Nationale Vétérinaire in Toulouse, France. As of the last update on 14 May, the site had amassed more than 7000 valid species names, among them Corynebacterium diphtheriae. The entries include references to the original description, comments on nomenclature difficulties, and other information.

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