Bacteria with a eukaryotic touch: a glimpse of ancient evolution?

  title={Bacteria with a eukaryotic touch: a glimpse of ancient evolution?},
  author={Patrick Forterre and Simonetta Gribaldo},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={107 29},
T he discovery in 1991 by Fuerst and Webb that the chromosome of the bacterium Gemmata obscuriglobus (a member of Planctomycetales) is surrounded by a double membrane, mimicking a eukaryotic nucleus, challenged the traditional prokaryote/eukaryote classification of living organisms based on cell structure (1). Since then, such an unexpected observation has puzzled evolutionists, leading to different reactions. Most considered G. obscuriglobus a curiosity of the bacterial world. Until recently… CONTINUE READING
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