10 Facts About Archaea


Archaea were initially classified as bacteria, receiving the name archaebacteria, but this term has fallen out of use.

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Archaea show high levels of horizontal gene transfer between lineages.

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Archaea were split off as a third domain because of the large differences in their ribosomal RNA structure.

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Archaea compared a variety of species and happened upon a group of methanogens with rRNA vastly different from any known prokaryotes or eukaryotes.

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Archaea's experiments showed that the archaea were genetically more similar to eukaryotes than prokaryotes, even though they were more similar to prokaryotes in structure.

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Archaea are the target of a number of viruses in a diverse virosphere distinct from bacterial and eukaryotic viruses.

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Similarly to bacteria, Archaea LuxR solos have shown to bind to AHLs and non-AHLs ligans, which is a large part in performing intraspecies, interspecies, and interkingdom communication through quorum sensing.

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Similar to PGPR, Archaea are now considered as a source of plant growth promotion as well.

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Archaea can be commensals, benefiting from an association without helping or harming the other organism.

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Archaea has inconsistent detection within clinical studies because of the lack of categorization of Archaea into more specific species.

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