Controversies in bacterial taxonomy: The example of the genus Borrelia

Gabriele Margos, Volker Fingerle, Sally Cutler, Alexander Gofton, Brian Stevenson, Agustín Estrada-Peña

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In this paper we survey key issues in bacterial taxonomy and review the literature regarding the recent genus separation proposed for the genus Borrelia. We discuss how information on members of the genus Borrelia is increasing but detailed knowledge on the relevant features is available only for a small subset of species. The data accumulated here show that there is considerable overlap in ecology, clinical aspects and molecular features between clades that argue against splitting of the genus Borrelia.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101335
JournalTicks and Tick-borne Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2020

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  • Bacterial systematics
  • Borrelia
  • Borreliella
  • Lyme borreliosis
  • Relapsing-fever
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Insect Science
  • Infectious Diseases


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