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After reading this chapter you should be able to:
  • discuss the rationale behind the science of taxonomy
  • discuss the three domains of living organisms (Bacteria, Archaea, and Eucarya)
  • discuss the meaning of the word species and the basis for grouping organisms into species
  • discuss the ways of classifying organisms
  • discuss the various characteristics used in taxonomy and explain why nucleic acid sequences are probably the best indicators of microbial phylogeny and relatedness
  • discuss the classification scheme used in Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology
  • discuss the dynamic nature of bacterial taxonomy and the new types of data that are contributing to the changes being made

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