Phylogenomic analyses support the bifurcation of ciliates into two major clades that differ in properties of nuclear division.

@article{Gao2014PhylogenomicAS,
  title={Phylogenomic analyses support the bifurcation of ciliates into two major clades that differ in properties of nuclear division.},
  author={Feng Gao and Laura A. Katz},
  journal={Molecular phylogenetics and evolution},
  year={2014},
  volume={70},
  pages={
          240-3
        }
}
Ciliates are a diverse assemblage of eukaryotes that have been the source of many discoveries including self-splicing RNAs, telomeres and trans-splicing. While analyses of ciliate morphology have given rise to robust hypotheses on relatively shallow level relationships, the deeper evolutionary history of ciliates is largely unknown. This is in part because studies to date have focused on only a single locus, small subunit ribosomal DNA (SSU-rDNA). In the present study, we use a taxon-rich… CONTINUE READING
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