Coloring in the tree of life

Jason Raymond

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11 Scopus citations


Metagenome sequencing presents an exciting new tool for assessing microbial diversity in complex, natural communities that cannot be cultured in the laboratory. Using metagenomics as a starting point, Bryant et al. (2007) have discovered a new thermophilic phototroph from a poorly characterized bacterial phylum with no previously known photosynthetic members, extending the range of photosynthesis into a new branch on the tree of life. This new organism, Candidatus Chloracidobacterium thermophilum, encompasses a mélange of traits distinct from known phototrophs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-43
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in microbiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology


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