The Scientist reports on the redefinition of a new evolutionary origin for mitochondria, which seem to be at best distant cousins to known alphaproteobacteria lineages, and not descendents as previously thought. (April 15, 2018).
Nature Microbiology senior editor Claudio Nunes-Alves interviews Thijs Ettema as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the Archaea as “one of three aboriginal lines of descent” (November 1, 2017).
Blog post in ScienceAlert by Fiona Macdonald about new evidence that suggests that all complex life on Earth, including humans, might have evolved from Asgard – a large group of microbes that were once found all over the world (January 13, 2017).
Article in BBC Science Focus about the elusive group of microbes with names inspired by old Norse mythology shed more light on the origin of multicellular life (January 12, 2017).
The Chicago Tribune reports on the newly discovered group of Asgard microbes, that may well include the organism that gave rise to all complex life — from the tiniest eukaryotes to the tallest redwoods, the dinosaurs, and us (January 12, 2017).
Article in The Atlantic by Science writer Ed Yong about the newly discovered Asgard archaea, which are named after Norse gods like Odin, Thor, Loki, and Heimdall, and from which humans may well be evolved (January 11, 2017).
University of Texas reports how an international team of scientists discovered several new microbes carrying genes that until now were thought to be unique to a group of more complex life forms including humans (January 11, 2017).
Dutch newspaper deVolkskrant explains how humans evolved from mud microbes. Article by Maarten Keulemans (January 11, 2017) – in dutch!
BBC Earth article about the recently discovered microbe Lokiarchaeota that could help explain how eukaryotes first came into being. Or in other words, Loki may help explain why people – and all other complex life – exist (November 14, 2016).
Published in Quanta Magazine (October 29, 2015) with re-print on ScientificAmerican.com (November 30, 2015). This interactive article by Emily Singer tells the story about how a newly discovered class of microbe could help to resolve one of the biggest and most controversial mysteries in evolution — how simple microbes transformed into the complex cells that produced animals, plants and fungi.
Microbe Magazine Podcast is a monthly science podcast hosted by Jeff Fox, features editor for Microbe Magazine, published by the American Society for Microbiology. In this episode Thijs Ettema talks with Jeff Fox about a deep-sea archaeon, named Lokiarchaeum for the underwater volcano between Greenland and Norway near where it was found, that might be related to the last common ancestor of eukaryotes.
Article on Bioscience Technology Online by Science Writer Cynthia Fox about the discovery of Lokiarchaea and remaking the tree of life (May 8, 2015).
Science writer Ed Yong blogs in ‘Phenomena’, which is hosted by National Geographic magazine, about the newly discovered Lokiarchaeota as the closest relative to all complex life (May 6, 2015).
Article in The Scientist by Jyoti Madhusoodanan about the discovery of deep-sea microbes that possess hallmarks of eukaryotic cells, hinting at a common ancestor for archaea and eukaryotes (May 6, 2015).
BBC Science editor Paul Rincon reports on the BBC News website how the newly discovered Lokiarchaea can bridge that gap between prokaryotes and eukaryotes (May 6, 2015).
NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce writes and podcasts about how scientists have discovered a group of microbes at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean that could provide new clues to how life went from being simple to complex (May 6, 2015).
Uppsalas newspaper UNT explains how a newly discovered microorganism may be a missing link in the development of complex cells that plants, animals and fungi are made of. Article by Åke Spross (May 6, 2015) – in swedish!