This paper was posted today on BiorXive, and it is significant because it described the isolation, for the first time, of a member of Asgard archaea. Asgard archaea were identified a few years ago through metagenomic analyses, and hypothesised to "bridge the gap" between prokaryotes and eukaryotes. With this new isolate we'll be able to actually see what the genes found in the metagenome are coding for, and whether the hypotheses based on the genome alone hold true

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