Towards a genetic map of the microscopic living world

Jan Pawlowski and Colomban de Vargas are leading an international program involving 24 institutions and whose goal is to establish an inventory of eukaryotic microorganisms, using DNA barcodes. This comprehensive initiative, detailed in PLoS Biology on November 6, 2012, will allow researchers to survey the immense diversity of protists and therein identify unknown species to ultimately assess their role in ecosystems.

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