Archaea - Research Article from Macmillan Science Library: Genetics

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Archaea

Members of the Archaea comprise one of the three principal domains of living organisms in the universal phylogenetic tree of life. The other two principal domains are the Bacteria and the Eukarya. The phylogenetic tree is a theoretical representation of all living things, constructed on the basis of comparative ribosomal RNA sequencing and reflecting evolutionary relationships rather than structural similarities.

Characteristics of Archaea

Many scientists hypothesize that the Archaea are the closest modern relatives of Earth's first living cells. Called "universal ancestors," these are the cells from which all other life is believed to have evolved. This hypothesis is based on two types of evidence. Genetic analyses indicate that the Archaea domain branches off of the phylogenetic tree at a point that is closest to the tree's root. Furthermore, it has been observed that many of the Archaea prefer to live in...

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