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The mysterious microbes that gave rise to complex life

Coloured scanning electron micrograph of Prometheoarchaeum syntrophicum archaea

Scientists spent 12 years culturing a slow-growing, tentacled archaeon thought to be similar to the ancestor of complex cells. Credit: Hiroyuki Imachi, Masaru K. Nobu and JAMSTEC

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Nature 593, 328-330 (2021)



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