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Stanley Maloy

Maybe the problem is simply a "numbers game". For example, based upon numbers from web sources, there are about 5 x 10^8 dogs and 6.4 x 10^7 house cats on earth. Even if the actual number of organisms within the genus Canis or Felis was off by 10-100x, this is so much lower than the number of bacteria on earth that the potential for kinky experiments which would confuse the species definition are much, much more limited.

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