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Microbial genomic taxonomy

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Genomics, January 2013
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Microbial genomic taxonomy
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BMC Genomics, January 2013
DOI 10.1186/1471-2164-14-913
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Cristiane C Thompson, Luciane Chimetto, Robert A Edwards, Jean Swings, Erko Stackebrandt, Fabiano L Thompson


A need for a genomic species definition is emerging from several independent studies worldwide. In this commentary paper, we discuss recent studies on the genomic taxonomy of diverse microbial groups and a unified species definition based on genomics. Accordingly, strains from the same microbial species share >95% Average Amino Acid Identity (AAI) and Average Nucleotide Identity (ANI), >95% identity based on multiple alignment genes, <10 in Karlin genomic signature, and > 70% in silico Genome-to-Genome Hybridization similarity (GGDH). Species of the same genus will form monophyletic groups on the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequences, Multilocus Sequence Analysis (MLSA) and supertree analysis. In addition to the established requirements for species descriptions, we propose that new taxa descriptions should also include at least a draft genome sequence of the type strain in order to obtain a clear outlook on the genomic landscape of the novel microbe. The application of the new genomic species definition put forward here will allow researchers to use genome sequences to define simultaneously coherent phenotypic and genomic groups.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 2%
Belgium 3 1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Sweden 2 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Mexico 2 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Other 2 <1%
Unknown 185 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 42 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 41 20%
Student > Master 33 16%
Student > Bachelor 22 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 18 9%
Other 37 18%
Unknown 12 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 99 48%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 37 18%
Immunology and Microbiology 14 7%
Environmental Science 12 6%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 2%
Other 18 9%
Unknown 20 10%

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