Facts and Myths about Authentic Bacteria/Lessons from Pioneers of Microbiology

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2009-01-07
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A commentary on sundry aspects of bacteria in the natural world and in the laboratory, touching on: diversity, nutrition, the species concept, classification and taxonomy, “computer bacteroids,” the “unculturability” myth, “astrobiology.” extremophiles, and Gest’s Postulates
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Study of pure cultures of bacteria provided (a) the major basis of understanding their dynamic roles in the status of Earth’s biosphere and (b) systems for biochemical and molecular biological analysis of the processes involved. This article calls attention to pioneering microbiological studies underlying relevant contemporary research.
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bacterial diversity, classification, so-called "unculturability", species concept
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