​Catching genes from chlamydiae allowed complex life to live without oxygen

Published date 2020-08-26 19:34
Researchers have discovered a new group of Chlamydiae, Anoxychlamydiales, living under the ocean floor without oxygen. These have genes that allow them to survive without oxygen while making hydrogen gas. The researchers found that our single-cell ancestors ‘caught’ these hydrogen-producing genes from ancient Chlamydiae up to two-billion years ago – The results are published in Science Advances.

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