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The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.

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Branching Out

By Ashley P. Taylor | April 11, 2016

Researchers create a new tree of life, largely composed of mystery bacteria.

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Repositioning Ctenophores

By Karen Zusi | December 1, 2015

A reanalysis of phylogenetic data places sponges, rather than comb jellies, back at the base of the animal tree.

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Tree of Life v1.0

By Jef Akst | September 22, 2015

Researchers map 2.3 million species in a single phylogeny. 

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New Species Galore

By Jef Akst | December 27, 2014

A look back at the latest microbes, plants, and animals to have secured a spot in science’s known tree of life in 2014

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Week in Review: April 21–25

By Tracy Vence | April 25, 2014

Evolution of Y chromosome; delivering gene with “bionic ears”; diversity of an important cyanobacterium; charting genome-sequencing progress; blockbuster pharma deals

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Sequencing the Tree of Life

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 24, 2014

Charting the progress of the various large-scale genome-sequencing projects as researchers working separately on their chosen species begin to pool analytical resources

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Ancient Life in the Information Age

By Aaron David Goldman | March 1, 2014

What can bioinformatics and systems biology tell us about the ancestor of all living things?

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Let There Be Life

By Mary Beth Aberlin | March 1, 2014

How did Earth become biological?

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Genomenclature?

By Tracy Vence | February 24, 2014

Researchers propose a naming system based on genomic information for all Earth’s life.

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