My Archaea, My Brother | GenomeWeb

Excitement is gathering around research published in Nature in which scientists say they have discovered a novel candidate archaeal phylum, or the potential missing link between archaea and eukaryotes.

In the paper, the Uppsala University-led team performed deep metagenomic sequencing on a group of microorganisms they dubbed Lokiarchaeota and assembled a 92 percent complete, 5.1 megabase pair composite sequence of the microbes. 

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