Researchers Find DNA “Borgs” in Methane-Chomping Archaea
Researchers Find DNA “Borgs” in Methane-Chomping Archaea
Massive extrachromosomal elements named after the hive-minded cyborg villains in Star Trek may be the first of their kind.
Researchers Find DNA “Borgs” in Methane-Chomping Archaea
Researchers Find DNA “Borgs” in Methane-Chomping Archaea

Massive extrachromosomal elements named after the hive-minded cyborg villains in Star Trek may be the first of their kind.

Massive extrachromosomal elements named after the hive-minded cyborg villains in Star Trek may be the first of their kind.

Archaea
Researchers Propose Automating the Naming of Novel Microbes
Researchers Propose Automating the Naming of Novel Microbes
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2021
With modern technologies unearthing novel bacterial and archaeal species by the dozens, hundreds, or even thousands, manually naming them all is no longer practical, scientists say.
Extreme Biotech: Understanding Extremophile Biology to Impact Human Health
Extreme Biotech: Understanding Extremophile Biology to Impact Human Health
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Aug 6, 2020
Jaclyn Winter and Shiladitya DasSarma will discuss how they harness the unique biology of extremophiles for the discovery and development of new therapeutics.
Elusive Asgard Archaea Finally Cultured in Lab
Elusive Asgard Archaea Finally Cultured in Lab
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 12, 2019
The 12-year-long endeavor reveals Prometheoarchaeum as a tentacled cell, living in a symbiotic relationship with methane-producing microbes.
Archaea CRISPR Systems Grab DNA Memories During Interspecies Mating
Archaea CRISPR Systems Grab DNA Memories During Interspecies Mating
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 1, 2019
When different archaeal species mate, their CRISPR systems interact in ways that may influence their evolution.
Life Deep Underground Is Twice the Volume of the Oceans: Study
Life Deep Underground Is Twice the Volume of the Oceans: Study
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 11, 2018
Scientists estimate that subterranean organisms constitute a massive amount of carbon, 245 to 385 times greater than that contained in all humans.
Opinion: Constrain Speculation to Protect the Integrity of Science
Opinion: Constrain Speculation to Protect the Integrity of Science
Mike Klymkowsky | Jun 18, 2018
What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.
Contributors
Contributors
Jim Daley | Jun 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the June 2018 issue of The Scientist.
From Little Things Big Things Grow
From Little Things Big Things Grow
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2018
We should take comfort in the fact that life on Earth had such unassuming, shared beginnings.
Opinion: Archaea Is Our Evolutionary Sister, Not Mother
Opinion: Archaea Is Our Evolutionary Sister, Not Mother
Morgan Gaia, Violette Da Cunha, Patrick Forterre | Jun 1, 2018
The ancient organisms appear to be more closely related to eukaryotes than previously appreciated.
Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics
Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2018
Identification of new archaea species elucidates the domain’s unique  biology and sheds light on its relationship to eukaryotes.
Infographic: Can Archaea Teach Us About the Evolution of Eukaroyotes?
Infographic: Can Archaea Teach Us About the Evolution of Eukaroyotes?
Amber Dance | May 31, 2018
The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.
Final Nail Hammered into NgAgo Coffin
Final Nail Hammered into NgAgo Coffin
Kerry Grens | Aug 3, 2017
The paper describing the gene-editing method is retracted.
Number of Bacterial and Archaeal Type Strains Doubled
Number of Bacterial and Archaeal Type Strains Doubled
Aggie Mika | Jun 14, 2017
Scientists expand the microbial tree of life by publishing more than 1,000 novel reference genomes.  
Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens
Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens
Abby Olena | May 26, 2017
Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.
Asgard Archaea Hint at Eukaryotic Origins
Asgard Archaea Hint at Eukaryotic Origins
Joshua A. Krisch | Jan 17, 2017
A newly discovered superphylum of archaea may be related to a microbe that engulfed a bacterium to give rise to complex eukaryotic life.
New CRISPR-Cas Enzymes Discovered
New CRISPR-Cas Enzymes Discovered
Kerry Grens | Dec 22, 2016
A metagenomics analysis finds Cas9 in archaea for the first time, along with two previously unknown Cas nucleases from bacteria.
A New Role for Marine Archaea
A New Role for Marine Archaea
Catherine Offord | Jul 1, 2016
Researchers discover acetogenesis in archaea, suggesting an important role for these little-studied organisms in generating organic carbon below the seafloor.
Archaea’s Role in Carbon Cycle
Archaea’s Role in Carbon Cycle
Catherine Offord | Jun 30, 2016
Bathyarchaeota undergo acetogenesis, generating organic carbon below the seafloor.
Microbes Persist in Super-Salty Conditions
Microbes Persist in Super-Salty Conditions
Tanya Lewis | Jun 23, 2016
Extremophiles can thrive on perchlorates and metabolize carbon monoxide, researchers report.