An integrating concept?

There is a growing rift between morphologists and molecular biologists when it comes to taxonomy. A good link is usually missing between taxon descriptions and sequences as deposited in e.g. GenBank. Chakrabarty (2010) now proposes to close this gap by introducing the concept of genetypes. Genetic sequences of type material should be named according to their type status, including the markers used and the museum vouchers.
As in several cases the status is unclear of sequences currently deposited in GenBank, I think this is not a bad idea. Whether it will be sufficient to bridge the gap between morphology and molecular biology remains to be seen. The mindset of the biologist may be more important.

Chakrabarty, P., 2010.
Genetypes: a concept to help integrate molecular phylogenetics and taxonomy. – Zootaxa 2632: 67-68.


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