January 4, 2018

Halobacterium salinarum (Image courtesy of Alexandre Bison/Harvard University)

An article published in the journal “Nature Microbiology” describes a research on the mechanisms of cell size regulation in the three domains of life: archaea, bacteria and eukaryotes. In a previous research, a team led by Ariel Amir of Harvard University discovered that bacteria from the E. coli family and eukaryotes of the species Saccharomyces cerevisiae, commonly known as budding yeast, use the same cellular mechanisms to have uniform cell size in a population. Now, together with other collaborators, the team discovered that archaea use the same mechanisms as well.