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A new phylum of Archaea represented by a nanosized hyperthermophilic symbiont

Huber, Harald ; Hohn, Michael J. ; Rachel, Reinhard ; Fuchs, Tanja ; Wimmer, Verena C. ; Stetter, Karl Otto


According to small subunit ribosomal RNA (ss rRNA) sequence comparisons all known Archaea belong to the phyla Crenarchaeota, Euryarchaeota, and--indicated only by environmental DNA sequences--to the 'Korarchaeota'. Here we report the cultivation of a new nanosized hyperthermophilic archaeon from a submarine hot vent. This archaeon cannot be attached to one of these groups and therefore must ...


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