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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. 918b
DOI: 10.1126/science.1121569

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Abstract

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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