It seems to be the opposite to me, that spirochetes are generally classified as bacteria, but there are arguments to classify them as a separate domain.Nick wrote:Bb, just like Treponema, is a spirochete. They are generally considered a kingdom separate from the bacteria, as they have many different properties (genetical, biological, chemical etc.). Trouble is that there is no universally accepted taxonomy lately, so some people would probably call Bb 'bacteria'. I prefer to call them spirochetes to indicate they are VERY different; and because of that, many agents that work against 'normal' bacteria may not work against spirochetes.minitails2 wrote: 2. I thought that Bb WAS bacteria. Help! My understanding was that spirochetes were one type of bacteria, the most "famous" of which is syphallis. Trephonemas?
Quoting source: http://www.textbookofbacteriology.net/Lyme.html
Quoting source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpirocheteBorrelia burgdorferi, like the human pathogen Treponema pallidum, is a spirochete. Spirochetes are a group of phylogenetically-distinct bacteria that have a unique mode of motility by means of axial filaments (endoflagella).
Just two examples. It seems to me that the most sources classify spirochetes as bacteria.Scientific classification
Hmm, I'd say the difference between a human and an oak tree is (much) more than the difference between spirochetes and average bacteria.Nick wrote:Spirochetes are just as different from average bacteria (like E.Coli) as humans are different from an Oak tree.