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, 74 (11), 5088-90

Phylogenetic Structure of the Prokaryotic Domain: The Primary Kingdoms

Phylogenetic Structure of the Prokaryotic Domain: The Primary Kingdoms

C R Woese et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.

Abstract

A phylogenetic analysis based upon ribosomal RNA sequence characterization reveals that living systems represent one of three aboriginal lines of descent: (i) the eubacteria, comprising all typical bacteria; (ii) the archaebacteria, containing methanogenic bacteria; and (iii) the urkaryotes, now represented in the cytoplasmic component of eukaryotic cells.

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