Harley, John P. Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky.
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A group of diverse microscopic prokaryotic organisms that constitute one of the three domains of life. Comparison of the sequences of small subunit ribosomal ribonucleic acid (rRNA) from a large variety of living organisms indicates that they may be divided into three major groups: Archaea, Bacteria, and Eucarya (Eukarya or Eukaryota) [Fig. 1]. See also: Bacteria; Eukaryotae; Prokaryotae
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