Archaea and the tree of life Collection
To mark the 40th anniversary of the Archaea, Nature journals present a collection of articles that explores our understanding of archaea and how the discovery of new species is reshaping the tree of life.
In 1977, Woese and Fox proposed the Archaea as a new domain of life and that the tree of life is divided into three branches — the Eukarya, Bacteria and Archaea. Although a three-domain tree was controversial to some, this study was soon accepted, and is widely regarded as one of the most important discoveries in biology of the past century. To mark 40 years of archaea research, editors present a collection of articles from across the Nature group that explores the fundamental biology, evolution, metabolic versatility and ecological impact of archaea, and how the discovery of new species is reshaping the tree of life.
This collection highlights research articles, reviews and perspectives, research highlights, and methods from Nature, Nature Reviews Microbiology, Nature Microbiology, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Communications and Nature Methods.