Tag Archives: Archaea

The Role of Archaea in Human Disease

Why don’t Archaea cause disease? Continue reading

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Close Encounters of the Third Domain

This short review is an easily accessible introduction to the the three domains of life – Eukarya, Bacteria, and Archaea. Continue reading

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The cell cycle of archaea

Since the recognition of Archaea as a separate domain of life, interest in the organisms in this unique evolutionary lineage has continued to grow. Continue reading

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Archaea in activated sludge

The activated sludge process is one of the most widely used methods for treatment of wastewater and the microbial community composition in the sludge is important for the process operation. While the bacterial communities have been characterized in various activated … Continue reading

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A new species is born

Microorganisms from the bacterial and archaeal domains of the tree of life comprise the greatest breadth of biodiversity on earth. Yet the essential evolutionary process of speciation (through which biodiversity is generated) is poorly understood in microbes. At issue is … Continue reading

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What was old is new

The Archaea possess unique metabolic pathways, distinct from those in Bacteria and Eukarya. Investigation will help understand how microorganisms use and interact with the many natural and man-made compounds they encounter in their environments and also provide the foundation for many biotechnology developments. Continue reading

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The proportional lack of archaeal pathogens – do phages hold the key?

What are there so few Archaeal pathogens – what have they been doing all this time? Continue reading

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Archaea – timeline of the third domain

Archaea evolved as one of the three main groups of bacteria several billion years ago, but the first archaea were only discovered were described about 130 years ago, and formally proposed as the third domain of life only 20 years ago. Continue reading

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Archaea – a microbial cockatrice?

A cockatrice was a flamboyant sight at medieval banquets, featuring a roasted chimera of rooster fused to a suckling pig. In this article in Microbiology Today (pdf) Ed Bolt and Stephane Delmas suggest that there are similarities with archaea, ancient … Continue reading

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