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Eukaryotic evolution, changes and challenges

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor T. Martin Embley FMedSci FRS


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The idea that some eukaryotes primitively lacked mitochondria and were true intermediates in the prokaryote-to-eukaryote transition was an exciting prospect. It spawned major advances in understanding anaerobic and parasitic eukaryotes and those with previously overlooked mitochondria. But the evolutionary gap between prokaryotes and eukaryotes is now deeper, and the nature of the host that acquired the mitochondrion more obscure, than ever before. © 2006 Nature Publishing Group.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Embley TM, Martin W

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nature

Year: 2006

Volume: 440

Issue: 7084

Pages: 623-630

ISSN (print): 0028-0836

ISSN (electronic): 1476-4687


DOI: 10.1038/nature04546

PubMed id: 16572163