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Tree of LifeCarl Woese uses ribosomal RNA analysis to recognize a third form of life, the Archaea, whose genetic makeup is distinct from but related to both Bacteria and Eucarya.

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Woese, C. R. and G. E. Fox. 1977. Phylogenetic structure of the prokaryotic domain: The primary kingdoms. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 74: 5088-5090. In Microbiology: A Centenary Perspective, edited by Wolfgang K. Joklik, ASM Press. 1999, p.440 [pdf]

 

G.E. Fox, K.R. Pechman, and C.R. Woese. 1977. Comparative cataloging of 16S ribosomal ribonucleic acid: molecular approach to procaryotic systematics. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 27:44-57. In Microbiology: A Centenary Perspective, edited by Wolfgang K. Joklik, ASM Press. 1999, p.264 [pdf]

 

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