Searching for the 4th domain

This past weekend I participated in the first sampling for Phase II of the Microbial Dark Matter (MDM) project.  For this project we are searching for deep branching microbes with no cultured representatives that may reveal new phyla or domains of life using single cell genomics.  Prior to this study, Phase I of the MDM project identified genomes of microorganisms belonging to, what scientists proposed to be, two new super phyla and generated over 200 previously-unidentified genomes to help improve the taxonomic assignment of metagenomic reads.

With Phase II of this project, we want to continue the exploration of enigmatic members of the tree of life Continue reading