A new view of the tree of life

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Microbiology, April 2016
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A new view of the tree of life
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Nature Microbiology, April 2016
DOI 10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.48
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Laura A. Hug, Brett J. Baker, Karthik Anantharaman, Christopher T. Brown, Alexander J. Probst, Cindy J. Castelle, Cristina N. Butterfield, Alex W. Hernsdorf, Yuki Amano, Kotaro Ise, Yohey Suzuki, Natasha Dudek, David A. Relman, Kari M. Finstad, Ronald Amundson, Brian C. Thomas, Jillian F. Banfield, Hug, Laura A, Baker, Brett J, Anantharaman, Karthik, Brown, Christopher T, Probst, Alexander J, Castelle, Cindy J, Butterfield, Cristina N, Hernsdorf, Alex W, Amano, Yuki, Ise, Kotaro, Suzuki, Yohey, Dudek, Natasha, Relman, David A, Finstad, Kari M, Amundson, Ronald, Thomas, Brian C, Banfield, Jillian F


The tree of life is one of the most important organizing principles in biology(1). Gene surveys suggest the existence of an enormous number of branches(2), but even an approximation of the full scale of the tree has remained elusive. Recent depictions of the tree of life have focused either on the nature of deep evolutionary relationships(3-5) or on the known, well-classified diversity of life with an emphasis on eukaryotes(6). These approaches overlook the dramatic change in our understanding of life's diversity resulting from genomic sampling of previously unexamined environments. New methods to generate genome sequences illuminate the identity of organisms and their metabolic capacities, placing them in community and ecosystem contexts(7,8). Here, we use new genomic data from over 1,000 uncultivated and little known organisms, together with published sequences, to infer a dramatically expanded version of the tree of life, with Bacteria, Archaea and Eukarya included. The depiction is both a global overview and a snapshot of the diversity within each major lineage. The results reveal the dominance of bacterial diversification and underline the importance of organisms lacking isolated representatives, with substantial evolution concentrated in a major radiation of such organisms. This tree highlights major lineages currently underrepresented in biogeochemical models and identifies radiations that are probably important for future evolutionary analyses.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 27 3%
France 9 1%
Germany 6 <1%
United Kingdom 6 <1%
Brazil 5 <1%
Chile 4 <1%
Belgium 3 <1%
Netherlands 3 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Other 23 3%
Unknown 738 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 242 29%
Researcher 166 20%
Student > Master 133 16%
Student > Bachelor 105 13%
Other 41 5%
Other 139 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 454 55%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 146 18%
Environmental Science 66 8%
Immunology and Microbiology 29 4%
Medicine and Dentistry 29 4%
Other 102 12%

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