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Jonathan Badger

I wonder if, seeing how E. coli is referred to by several of the other speakers as "(B)acillus coli", the speaker giving the talk on "Generic Nomenclature in Bacteria" started with "First of all, we need to have actual genera in this field. Calling everything Bacillus just because it is rod shaped isn't very helpful". Although speaking of generic names, looking it up, I see that even before Bacillus coli, E.coli was called "Bacterium coli" -- now *that's* a generic name!

Elio replies:
The cocci had it better. I believe that their genera precede those of rods. Maybe because they don't all look alike. But the genesis of genera is a topic worth studying. Anyone?

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