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Free Content Exploring prokaryotic diversity: there are other molecular worlds

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Prokaryotes are the major source of biological diversity on earth. This is not simply because of the large number of species present, or because of their diverse growth conditions and environmental niches populated by them, but because of the wealth of genes, metabolic pathways and molecular processes that are only found in prokaryotic cells. Therefore, Bacteria and Archaea (and their phages) cannot be considered any longer as miniaturized models of Eukaryotes, but as a genuine source of unique biological processes that are mediated by unique sets of genes and molecular devices. A true understanding of complex biological phenomena will require a deeper knowledge of this vast prokaryotic world. The second European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) conference on Molecular Microbiology entitled ‘Exploring Prokaryotic Diversity’ explored many aspects of this newly emerging interest in the prokaryotic world.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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