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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:57 AM

Rare microbes lead scientists to discover new branch on the tree of life

Canadian researchers have discovered a new kind of organism that's so different from other living things that it doesn't fit into the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, or any other kingdom used to classify known organisms.

Two species of the microscopic organisms, called hemimastigotes, were found in dirt collected on a whim during a hike in Nova Scotia by Dalhousie University graduate student Yana Eglit.

A genetic analysis shows they're more different from other organisms than animals and fungi (which are in different kingdoms) are from each other, representing a completely new part of the tree of life, Eglit and her colleagues report this week in the journal Nature.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/hemimastigotes-supra-kingdom-1.4715823

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Response to ornotna (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:19 AM

1. My alma mater.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:35 AM

2. Beautiful country up there

My Mother was a Newfie. That was so long ago, would love to go back one day.

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Response to ornotna (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:52 AM

3. Yes I love Nova Scotia. 3/4 of my family were from there. Such great

people. Such a beautiful place. I've lived there twice. I hope to go back some day. Never been to Newfoundland. I hear it is glorious.

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Response to ornotna (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 11:40 AM

4. Cool story...thanks for the link!

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:40 PM

5. You're welcome

That headline really catches your attention. Very interesting story.

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