Asgard Archaea and all eukaryotes share a common ancestor, says study | Ski.News

Archaeon of Asgard.  Scale bar - 500 nm.  Image credit: Imachi et al., doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1916-6.

Understanding how complex eukaryotic cells emerged from prokaryotic ancestors represents a major challenge in biology. A major point of contention in refining eukaryogenesis scenarios revolves around the exact relationship between Archaea and eukaryotes. In new research, scientists at the University of Texas at Austin and elsewhere have generated 63 new Asgard archaea genomes from samples … Read more