Knowledge of novel prokaryotic taxon discovery and nomenclature revisions is of importance to clinical microbiology laboratory practice, infectious disease epidemiology, and studies of microbial pathogenesis. Relative to bacterial isolates derived from human clinical specimens, we present an in-depth summary of novel taxonomic designations and revisions to prokaryotic taxonomy that were published in 2018 and 2019. Included are several changes pertinent to former designations of or within Propionibacterium spp., Corynebacterium spp., Clostridium spp., Mycoplasma spp., Methylobacterium spp., and Enterobacteriaceae. Future efforts to ascertain clinical relevance for many of these changes may be augmented by a document development committee that has been appointed by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute.
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- Microbiology (medical)