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Response to Comment by Volkov et al. on "Computational Improvements Reveal Great Bacterial Diversity and High Metal Toxicity in Soil"

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Science  18 Aug 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5789, pp. 918
DOI: 10.1126/science.1121569

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Volkov et al. claim that significant conclusions about the total number of species (S) cannot be made because different abundance models cannot be distinguished and the sensitivity of the chi-square measure to changes in estimates of S is low. We point out that currently available data do not support these claims.

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