This 'point-of-view' article and the related two papers form the proceedings of a debate I chaired on DNA barcoding as part of the fifth PEET conference hosted by the University of Illinois between 20–23 September, 2004.
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Smith, V.S. 2005. DNA Barcoding: Perspectives from a “Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy” (PEET) Debate . Systematic Biology . 54 (5): 841-844.
In the spirit of the impartiality with which I tried to chair this debate, the published version of this ‘point-of-view’ article is neutral on the question of whether I oppose or favour DNA barcoding. My initial submission was somewhat more candid, but despite being written before I had received Kip Will et al or Paul Hebert et al’s manuscripts, the reviewers felt my text overlapped too much with arguments developed in Kip and Paul’s subsequent papers. In the spirit of full disclosure I make this original unedited and unpublished version available here:
Smith, V.S. 2005. Twenty-first century taxonomy: perspectives on taxonomy’s industrial age . Unpublished.
Papers (Available as PDF documents; full text requires an institutional subscription)
Will, K.W., Mishler, B.D., & Wheeler, Q.D. 2005. The Perils of DNA Barcoding and the Need for Integrative Taxonomy. Systematic Biology . 54 (5): 844-851. Hebert, P.D.N. & Gregory, T.R. 2005. The Promise of DNA Barcoding for Taxonomy. Systematic Biology . 54 (5): 852-859.
Session Video (Windows Media Format)
(2 hour streaming video). Filmed and edited by Ritch Strom on behalf of the Office of Continuing Education at the University of Illinois.
Presentations (MS Powerpoint; ctrl. click & "save as")
Vince Smith (Introduction; practical demonstration; debate questions; closing remarks) Kip Will (main presentation) Paul Hebert (main presentation)
Other Web Sites
Figures from the Paper
Systematic Biology, October 2005 (54:5)
Picture from the Debate