[Annelida] Hirudo species confusion in the news

J. Kirk Fitzhugh via annelida%40net.bio.net (by kfitzhug from nhm.org)
Wed Apr 11 16:30:59 EST 2007

It's amusing how the authors state that 'Accurate annotation of 
bioactive compounds relies on precise species determination,' and 
even provide an illuminating distinction in pigment patterns between 
'species' in their Fig. 1.  Yet, they forego all these (and no doubt 
other) relevant characters in lieu of some sequences to proclaim 'DNA 
barcoding distinguishes European medicinal leech species.'

I wonder to what extent the need to publish overshadows the more 
rational practices of good science. Plus, my tax dollars went into 
the production of this paper.


At 01:51 PM 4/11/2007, Geoff Read wrote:

>By the way the authors have DNA Barcoding as a keyword. :-)
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