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Roadmap for naming uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria

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Alison Murray
Konstantinos Konstantinidis
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Christopher Lane
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R. Thane Papke
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Donovan Parks
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Ramon Rossello-Mora
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Matthew Stott
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Iain Sutcliffe
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J. Cameron Thrash
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William Whitman
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Rudolf Amann
Karthik Anantharaman
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Roman Barco
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Eric Boyd
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Carrie Brady
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Patrick Chain
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Daniel Colman
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Kristen Deangelis
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Maria Asuncion de Los Rios
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Christopher Dunlap
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Jonathan Eisen
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Thijs Ettema
Peter Girguis
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Ute Hentschel
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James Hollibaugh
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Laura Hug
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Wen-Jun Li
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Karen Lloyd
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Thulani Makhalanyane
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Duane Moser
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Marike Palmer
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Victor Parro
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Carlos Pedrós-Alió
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Theo Smits
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Andrew Steen
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Emma Steenkamp
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Anja Spang
Frank Stewart
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Michael Wagner
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Feng-Ping Wang
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The assembly of single-amplified genomes (SAGs) and metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) has led to a surge in genome-based discoveries of members affiliated with Archaea and Bacteria, bringing with it a need to develop guidelines for nomenclature of uncultivated microorganisms. The International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes (ICNP) only recognizes cultures as ‘type material’, thereby preventing the naming of uncultivated organisms. In this Consensus Statement, we propose two potential paths to solve this nomenclatural conundrum. One option is the adoption of previously proposed modifications to the ICNP to recognize DNA sequences as acceptable type material; the other option creates a nomenclatural code for uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria that could eventually be merged with the ICNP in the future. Regardless of the path taken, we believe that action is needed now within the scientific community to develop consistent rules for nomenclature of uncultivated taxa in order to provide clarity and stability, and to effectively communicate microbial diversity.
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hal-02863761 , version 1 (18-09-2020)
hal-02863761 , version 2 (16-02-2024)




Alison Murray, John Freudenstein, Simonetta Gribaldo, Roland Hatzenpichler, Philip Hugenholtz, et al.. Roadmap for naming uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria. Nature Microbiology, 2020, 5 (8), pp.987-994. ⟨10.1038/s41564-020-0733-x⟩. ⟨hal-02863761v2⟩
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