Acytota – associated kingdom of neglected life

@article{Trifonov2016AcytotaA,
  title={Acytota – associated kingdom of neglected life},
  author={Edward N. Trifonov and Eduard Kejnovsk{\'y}},
  journal={Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics},
  year={2016},
  volume={34},
  pages={1641 - 1648}
}
There is a huge variety of RNA- and DNA-containing entities that multiply within and propagate between cells across all kingdoms of life, having no cells of their own. Apart from cellular organisms, these entities (viroids, plasmids, mobile elements and viruses among others) are the only ones with distinct genetic identities but which are not included in any traditional tree of life. We suggest to introduce or, rather, revive the distinct category of acellular organisms, Acytota, as an… 

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