Prokaryotic organisms were the sole inhabitants of this planet for the first 2-2.5 billion years. To understand such fundamental questions as the nature and origin of the first cell, origin of different types of metabolism, information transfer processes, photosynthesis, origin of the eukaryotic cells, evolution of disease-causing as well as beneficial microbes, a sound understanding of the bacterial (prokaryotic) evolution is essential. The analyses of genome sequence data using new approaches are providing valuable insights in understanding some of these most ancient and important aspects of the evolutionary history of life. This website, presents information using novel comparative genomic approaches, that are helpful in understanding the following critical issues in bacterial/prokaryotic phylogeny:
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Bacterial (Prokaryotic) Phylogeny Webpage (March 2006). http://www.bacterialphylogeny.com/index.html
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