HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Time to rewrite the species rulebook, MSU scientists say

card catalogue guide to an organism's genetic information.

The MSU scientists downloaded the already-sequenced bacteria genomes from a variety of sites on the Internet. Then they did some cross-card catalogue comparisons.

To their surprise, many bacteria that are considered members of the same species by the current mix and match approach, often share as few as 65 percent of their genes. Humans, in comparison, share 75 percent of their genes with fish.

No one's calling for the species rules to be rewritten so that humans are lumped with their distant underwater relatives. And when it comes to bacteria, the authors say, the current species definition appears to be too liberal.

Much of the differences between genetically-similar bacteria appear to be the result of environmental pressures. E. coli bacteria, for instance, exists everywhere from the intestines of warm blooded animals to paper mills. Any new way of tallying up bacteria species should "accommodate the ecological distinctiveness of the organisms," the authors write.

"The point is about the value of a correct understanding of species people expect a species to have certain traits and live in certain habitats," said Tiedje, whose work is also supported by the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station. "If the species definition is not reasonably predictive of this, then it loses its value. This can be important for pathogen identification, quarantine or biotechnology, for example."

Konstantinidis and Tiedje also noted that even bacteria with genetic card catalogues that were as much as 99 percent similar had enough outward differences to be separate species. This shouldn't come as a shock. Humans and chimpanzees, in comparison, share 98.7 percent of their DNA. But that small difference at the genetic level results in a big difference when it comes to outward appearance and Konstantinidis and Tiedje's work is supported by the Bouyoukos Fellowship Progr
'"/>

Contact: Jim Tiedje
tiedje@msu.edu
517-355-0271
Michigan State University
8-Feb-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. New study rewrites evolutionary history of vespid wasps
2. Tiny bones rewrite textbooks
3. West Australian fossil find rewrites land mammal evolution
4. Finding rewrites the evolutionary history of the origin of potatoes
5. Lost forest yields several new species
6. Surprising new species of light-harvesting bacterium discovered in Yellowstone
7. Smithsonians National Zoo researchers use electronic eggs to help save threatened species
8. One species, many genomes
9. Reconstructing the biology of extinct species: A new approach
10. Researchers find 24 species believed new to science in Suriname rainforest
11. Scientists discover 5 new species of sea slugs from the Tropical Eastern Pacific

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Time rewrite the species rulebook MSU scientists say

(Date:10/18/2014)... a sample of patients with undiagnosed, suspected genetic conditions, ... with a higher molecular diagnostic yield than traditional molecular ... JAMA . The study is being released to coincide ... , Exome sequencing, which sequences the protein­coding region of ... material present in a cell or organism), has been ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... wages war on the human body. Battles are ... In pancreatic cancer, this stalemate—known as tumor dormancy—can ... malignant, a phenomena that is poorly understood. ... laboratory of Salvatore Torquato, a Professor of Chemistry ... surrounding tumor dormancy and the switch to a ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... respiratory tract infections and worldwide claims the lives ... and Ghent University have succeeded in developing a ... infection. , Xavier Saelens (VIB/UGent): "We discovered ... for the development of a novel approach to ... in numerous small children and elderly people." , ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Study examines type of exome sequencing and molecular diagnostic yield 2Study examines type of exome sequencing and molecular diagnostic yield 3Modeling tumor dormancy 2New perspectives for development of an RSV vaccine 2
(Date:10/20/2014)... OncLive® is pleased ... at Thomas Jefferson University has joined its Strategic ... Alliance Partnership program, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center ... awareness of the Center’s cutting-edge research programs, comprehensive ... and other health care professionals from the Sidney ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... 20, 2014 Local veterinary surgeon, Dr. ... investigational study of donor stem cells for dogs with ... therapy and has performed clinical stem cell therapy for ... to determine if a single injection of donor stem ... help reduce pain and inflammation in the treated joints. ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... OCTOBER 20-22, 2014: The 9th ... will take place at the Congress Center ... is now available at http://www.abim.ch . ... organizations from all over the globe will ... latest products and developments on the world ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... 2014 The Asia-Pacific Bromine Market ... Asia-Pacific with analysis and forecast of revenue. , ... Bromine Market report, to get an idea of ... glimpse of the segmentation in the Asia-Pacific bromine ... figures. , http://www.micromarketmonitor.com/market/asia-pacific-bromine-6741503144.html , Bromine ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Partners With OncLive 2Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Partners With OncLive 3Cascade Veterinary Referral Center Seeks Candidates for an Investigational Study of Stem Cells for Dogs with Arthritis 2The Asia-Pacific Bromine Market is estimated to grow to $4,080.1 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asia-Pacific Bromine Market is estimated to grow to $4,080.1 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3
Cached News: