SeqCode News

Updates on the SeqCode Initiative

August 2022

ISME 18 Symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland
Monday August 15; 18:00-19:30 - The Future of Microbial Taxonomy Under the SeqCode - Round Table

Tuesday August 16: 13:15 - 13:45 - Auditorium A - SeqCode Information Session

In this 30-minute session we will (i) introduce the SeqCode - a new prokaryotic nomenclature system that accepts DNA sequence as 'type' material to name species of Bcteria and Archaea, (ii) discuss plans for implementation, and (iii) discuss a path for community participation and engagement in the future of the SeqCode.

February 2022

The SeqCode is a new code of nomenclature that has been developed to allow naming of Archaea and Bacteria using DNA sequences as the nomenclatural types. The SeqCode will allow naming of the enormous uncultivated biodiversity discovered through metagenomic sequencing and single-cell genomics, fastidious prokaryotes that cannot reasonably be maintained and distributed by culture collections, as well as organisms that cannot be legally transferred between countries. 

It has been nearly a year since the online meetings on SeqCode and a great deal has since been accomplished.  

  1. Based in part on the comments at the virtual “Path forward to implementation and adoption of the SeqCode” meeting, the SeqCode has been revised, and a paper announcing it has been submitted for publication. Preprints of the paper and the SeqCode are available here.  
  2. We have established an agreement with the International Society of Microbial Ecology to host the SeqCode on their website. 
  3. A Slack workspace was initiated last year following the workshop and will now be used for active public discussion of SeqCode. Please join us here
  4. An outline for the governance of the SeqCode Committee has been drafted and is available on our Slack channel ‘seqcode-administration’.  Input is both welcome and needed. 

January 2021

SeqCode draft made available for public comment

September 2020

A draft of the code is in the making and will be available for comment in 2021.

June 2020

Roadmap for naming uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria” published in Nature Microbiology.

March 2020

ICSP voted to NOT accept DNA sequence as type information under the ICNP.