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A new view of the tree of life

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Microbiology, January 2016
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A new view of the tree of life
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Nature Microbiology, January 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 38 3%
Germany 10 <1%
France 10 <1%
United Kingdom 6 <1%
Brazil 6 <1%
Chile 5 <1%
Japan 4 <1%
Sweden 4 <1%
Mexico 3 <1%
Other 27 2%
Unknown 1393 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 438 29%
Researcher 279 19%
Student > Master 214 14%
Student > Bachelor 174 12%
Unspecified 77 5%
Other 324 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 689 46%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 292 19%
Environmental Science 122 8%
Unspecified 116 8%
Immunology and Microbiology 79 5%
Other 208 14%

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