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.

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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 NatureNature Reviews MicrobiologyNature MicrobiologyNature BiotechnologyNature Communications and Nature Methods.

Access the collection here and an accompanying Editorial here.

Ashley York

Senior Editor, Nature Reviews Microbiology

Ashley studied at University College London, UK, gaining a first class degree in Biological Sciences before earning his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, UK. During his doctoral studies, he investigated the molecular mechanisms of influenza virus RNA synthesis with Professor Ervin Fodor at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. He then joined the Laboratory of Retrovirology at The Rockefeller University, USA, as a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr Paul Bieniasz. During this time, his research focussed on understanding intrinsic immune proteins that restrict HIV infection. Ashley joined the Nature Reviews Microbiology editorial team in 2016 as an Associate Editor. Ashley is based in the London office.