Scientists Want To Reshape Darwin’s ’Tree Of Life’
In 1859, Charles Darwin included a novel tree of life in his trailblazing book on the theory of evolution, On the Origin of Species. Now, scientists from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and their international collaborators want to reshape Darwin’s tree.
A new era in science has emerged without a clear path to portraying the impacts of microbes across the tree of life, the paper’s authors argue. What’s needed is an interdisciplinary approach to classifying life that incorporates the countless species that depend on each other for health and survival, such as the diverse bacteria that coexist with humans, corals, algae, and plants, according to the researchers, whose paper appears in Trends in Ecology and Evolution…
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