A New Tree

Armed with gene sequences, researchers led by the University of California, Berkeley's Jillian Banfield have drawn an expanded tree of life, marked by an abundance of bacteria.

"It is a momentous discovery — an entire continent of life-forms," Eugene Koonin from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, who was not involved in the study, tells the New York Times.

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