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Tree of Life Gets New Members

Source:  UC Berkeley News Center

BanfieldportraitJill Banfield, a Senior Faculty Scientist in the Earth Sciences Division and a UC Berkeley professor, led a team that recently discovered a large number of new groups or phyla of bacteria. The more than 35 new phyla equal in number all the plant and animal phyla combined. ESD’s Kenneth Williams was also involved in the research.

The team’s findings were recently published (June 15, 2015) online in Nature.

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Citation: Brown, C.T., L.A. Hug, B.C. Thomas, I. Sharon, C.J. Castelle, A. Singh, M.J. Wilkins, K.C. Wrighton, K.H. Williams, and J.F. Banfield (2015), Unusual biology across a group comprising more than 15% of domain Bacteria.  Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature14486.