Is Carl Woese losing a Kingdom?

C. A. Rebeiz crebeiz at UIUC.EDU
Thu Sep 26 08:37:42 EST 1996


At 03:22 PM 9/25/96 -0500, you wrote:
>On 24 Sep 1996, James O. McInerney PhD wrote:
>
>[snip]
>
>> As a slight digression, I met Lynn Margulis last month at a conference
>> where she gave a keynote address.  She informed us about the five
>> kingdom classification scheme.  A funny thing she said to me (after I
>> gave my little talk and announced that there were, in fact, Three
>> Domains) was, 'Why are you giving precedence to the nuclear-enclosed
>> genome, over and above the mitochondrion-enclosed genome.  Eukaryotes
>> can in fact be considered to be a particular lineage of bacteria [the
>> Alpha-proteobacteria].'  
>
>You know I was thinking, its been said that mitocondiria are decendants 
>of bacteria that found a hospitiable enviornment for their survial in the 
>cytoplasm of emerging eukaryotes, etc, etc. (Okay, more than said, its 
>accepted as trueism).  Does anyone know of any studies where attempts 
>have been made to set up a sutiable mitocondirial enviornment in-vivo and 
>see if mitocondiria can survive in such an enviornment.  
>
>Later,
>David Sierra
>

Mitochondrial Longevity In Vitro: The Retention of Respiratory Control.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 66 (no 3) 869-873 (1970).

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