Scientists "fix" bacterial tree of life

28 Aug 2018


Phylogenetic tree
The ‘tree of life’ for the bacterial world, bacteria’s taxonomy in a phylogenetic tree.

Bacterial classification has been given a complete makeover by a team of University of Queensland researchers, using an evolutionary tree based on genome sequences.

The study, led by Professor Philip Hugenholtz from UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE), relied on a technique called metagenomics, where bacterial genomes are obtained straight from environmental samples, to create a more complete picture of the structure of the bacterial kingdom.

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