Lokiarchaeota: Eukaryote-like missing links from microbial dark matter?

Arshan Nasir, Kyung Mo Kim, Gustavo Caetano-Anollés

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Identification and genome sequencing of novel organismal groups can reduce the gap between the sequenced minority and the unexplored majority. The recent discovery of phylum Lokiarchaeota promises understanding of biological history. Here we inquire if Lokiarchaeota truly represent ancient eukaryotic ancestors or just microbial dark matter of expanding archaeal diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-450
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015


  • Archaea
  • Biodiversity
  • Metagenomics
  • Origin of eukaryotes
  • Phylogenetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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