Scientist proposes revolutionary naming system for all life on Earth

Boris Vinatzer

Boris Vinatzer’s new naming system could enhance the Linneaus system of taxonomy, which has existed for nearly 300 years.

Boris Vinatzer, an associate professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science, has developed a new way to classify and name organisms based on their genome sequence and, in doing so, has created a universal language that scientists can use to communicate with unprecedented specificity about all life on Earth.

In a paper recently published in the journal PLoS ONE, Vinatzer proposes moving beyond the current biological naming system to one based on the genetic sequence of each individual organism. This creates a more robust, precise, and informative name for any organism, be it a bacterium, fungus, plant, or animal.