Rubin, Edward M.


Global metagenomic survey reveals a new bacterial candidate phylum in geothermal springs

Eloe-Fadrosh et al. (2016). Nature Communications 7 (1)
“Kryptoniota” Kryptonium thompsonii Ts Kryptonium “Chryseopegocella kryptomonas”
AbstractAnalysis of the increasing wealth of metagenomic data collected from diverse environments can lead to the discovery of novel branches on the tree of life. Here we analyse 5.2 Tb of metagenomic data collected globally to discover a novel bacterial phylum (‘Candidatus Kryptonia’) found exclusively in high-temperature pH-neutral geothermal springs. This lineage had remained hidden as a taxonomic ‘blind spot’ because of mismatches in the primers commonly used for ribosomal gene surveys. Geno