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Nucleic Acids Res. 2015 Jan;43(Database issue):D1086-98. doi: 10.1093/nar/gku1127. Epub 2014 Nov 14.

Type material in the NCBI Taxonomy Database.

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National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20894, USA federhen@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

Abstract

Type material is the taxonomic device that ties formal names to the physical specimens that serve as exemplars for the species. For the prokaryotes these are strains submitted to the culture collections; for the eukaryotes they are specimens submitted to museums or herbaria. The NCBI Taxonomy Database (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/taxonomy) now includes annotation of type material that we use to flag sequences from type in GenBank and in Genomes. This has important implications for many NCBI resources, some of which are outlined below.

PMID:
25398905
PMCID:
PMC4383940
DOI:
10.1093/nar/gku1127
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