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I Microbial Taxonomy

Taxonomy is the area of biologic science corn-Prising three distinct, but highly interrelated, disciplines that include classification, nomenclature, and identification. Applied to all living entities, taxonomy provides a consistent means to classify, name, and identify organisms. This consistency allows biologists worldwide to use a common label for every organism they study within their particular disciplines. The common language that taxonomy provides minimizes confusion about names and allows attention to center on more important scientific issues and phenomena. The importance of this contribution is not only realized in phytogeny (the evolutionary history of organisms) but also in virtually every other discipline of biology, including microbiology.

111 diagnostic microbiology, classification, nomenclature, and identification of microorganisms play a central role in providing accurate and timely diagnosis of infectious diseases. Because of taxonomy's important contribution to diagnostic microbiology some detailed discussion of the three areas that make up taxonomy follows.

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Bacterial Vaginosis Facts

Bacterial Vaginosis Facts

This fact sheet is designed to provide you with information on Bacterial Vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is an abnormal vaginal condition that is characterized by vaginal discharge and results from an overgrowth of atypical bacteria in the vagina.

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