Unusual biology across a group comprising more than 15% of domain Bacteria

  title={Unusual biology across a group comprising more than 15\% of domain Bacteria},
  author={Christopher T. Brown and Laura A. Hug and Brian C. Thomas and Itai Sharon and Cindy J. Castelle and Andrea Singh and Michael J. Wilkins and Kelly C. Wrighton and Kenneth Hurst Williams and Jillian F. Banfield},
A prominent feature of the bacterial domain is a radiation of major lineages that are defined as candidate phyla because they lack isolated representatives. [] Key Method Here we reconstructed 8 complete and 789 draft genomes from bacteria representing >35 phyla and documented features that consistently distinguish these organisms from other bacteria. We infer that this group, which may comprise >15% of the bacterial domain, has shared evolutionary history, and describe it as the candidate phyla radiation…

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