Naming nature is necessary to generate and organize biological knowledge. With genetic data, identifying micro-eukaryote species is far less ambiguous now than it was just a few decades ago. Indeed, breakthroughs in reef coral research is improved with attention to the symbiont species.
Can comparative genomics resolve the protein-coding gene set of SARS-CoV-2? Yes! We compared 44 Sarbecovirus genomes to determine which SARS-CoV-2 candidate genes encode functional proteins and which mutations are likely functional, so future efforts can focus on real genes and important mutations.
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