A Virginia Tech biologist has proposed a revolutionary new way of classifying all living organisms. The new system would automatically classify and name organisms according to genetic similarities. The goal is to create a universal language that biologists can use to communicate about all life on Earth with unprecedented detail.


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Lucy Cooper

No. This is the wrong approach, and lazy. We need to start teaching students proper visual taxonomy again; it's hard and time consuming, but ultimately worth it when it isn't practical (financially or physically) to run barcodes for your entire sample (assuming the species in question have even been barcoded, which most of the groups I work with have not, and likely never will be).