Editor: Gunna Christiansen
Divergence without difference: phylogenetics and taxonomy of Chlamydia resolved
Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
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FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology
Special Issue: Chlamydia
Volume 55, Issue 2, pages 115–119, March 2009
How to Cite
Stephens, R. S., Myers, G., Eppinger, M. and Bavoil, P. M. (2009), Divergence without difference: phylogenetics and taxonomy of Chlamydia resolved. FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology, 55: 115–119. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-695X.2008.00516.x
- Issue published online: 6 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
- Received 26 September 2008; revised 17 November 2008; accepted 26 November 2008.First published online 5 January 2009.
Members of Chlamydiaceae have been extensively characterized by complete genome sequencing. This information provides new understanding concerning their natural evolutionary history. Comparative genome analysis is consistent with the conclusion that host-divergent strains of Chlamydiae are closely related biologically and ecologically. The previous taxonomic separation of the genus based on ribosomal sequences is neither consistent with the natural history of the organism revealed by genome comparisons, nor widely used by the Chlamydia research community 8 years after its introduction; thus, it is proposed to reunite the Chlamydiaceae into a single genus, Chlamydia.