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Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology, Analytical science, Profession

How to Name Your Bacterium

Do you know how bacteria are named and classified? Are you aware of the current gold standard techniques for classifying bacteria? Aharon Oren explains the rules of naming bacteria – and how to validly publish the name of a novel bacterial pathogen.

Many of you will have diagnosed infectious diseases before – perhaps caused by well-known pathogens like Staphylococcus aureus or less common ones like Gemella morbillorum. But have you ever wondered how these bacteria obtain their names? The process is more organized than you may think…

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Aharon Oren

Professor of Microbial Ecology at the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Aharon is also list editor, nomenclature reviewer, and past editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology and past chair of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes.

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