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The use of the microcomputer in trypanosome taxonomy and systematics

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  • Patrick T. K. Woo
  • Department of Zoology, University of Guelph, N1G 2W1, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A procedure is described to adapt the EDLIN program (IBM Disk Operating System, Version 1.10) to assist in taxonomy and systematics of trypanosomes. The microcomputer used is an IBM Personal Computer (64 K Random Access Memory with two 320 K disc drives). A descriptive code (filename.extension) is written for each trypanosome species. The ‘filename’, which describes the trypanosome, is written using eight taxonomic features (e.g., body shape, relative positions of the kinetoplast and nuclei, absence or presence of the free flagellum). The ‘extension’ identifies the host and each of the trypanosomes individually. Double-sided diskettes are used for storage of files. Each file is identified by the descriptive code and contains all the relevant information about the trypanosome. Each diskette stores at least 110 files with data equivalent to 220 pages from a book. The data in the file can be deleted, expanded or up-dated as new information becomes available. The system can be used to assist in (1) the identification of a trypanosome; (2) grouping trypanosomes with related features (morphological and/or biological); (3) studying possible relationships between trypanosomes isolated from different host classes; and (4) systematic revisions. The information on a particular species can be accessed instantaneously by typing either the descriptive code of the trypanosome or its species name. This approach is referred to as CATS (Computer Assisted Taxonomy and Systematics). Although the model was developed using Trypanosoma, the system can easily be modified for use in any other group of parasites (e.g. nematodes, platyhelminthes). ac]19830426

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  • 1 - health sciences
  • 2 - biomedical research
  • 3 - mycology & parasitology
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  • 1 - sciences appliquees, technologies et medecines
  • 2 - sciences biologiques et medicales
  • 3 - sciences biologiques fondamentales et appliquees. psychologie
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  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Immunology and Microbiology ; 3 - Parasitology
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  • 1 - science ; 2 - parasitology
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Systematic Parasitology

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