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'''Archaea''' is one of the three [[Domain (biology)|domains]] of life (the other two being [[prokaryote|prokaryotes]] and [[eukaryote|eukarya]]).  It comprises single-celled organisms, similar in size and shape to prokaryotes, that, like prokaryotes, lack internally compartmentalized [[organelles]].  It was established as a separate domain from prokaryotes after biochemical and genetic studies revealed that archaeans formed a genetically distinct group, with distinctive biochemistry (notably in the lipid composition of their cell membranes) and metabolic pathways.
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'''Archaea''' is one of the three [[Domain (biology)|domains]] of life (the other two being [[prokaryote|prokaryotes]] and [[eukaryote|eukarya]]).  It comprises single-celled organisms, similar in size and shape to prokaryotes, that, like prokaryotes, lack internally compartmentalized [[organelles]].  It was established as a separate domain from prokaryotes after biochemical and genetic studies revealed that archaeans formed a genetically distinct group with distinctive biochemistry (notably in the lipid composition of their cell membranes) and metabolic pathways.

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Archaea is one of the three domains of life (the other two being prokaryotes and eukarya). It comprises single-celled organisms, similar in size and shape to prokaryotes, that, like prokaryotes, lack internally compartmentalized organelles. It was established as a separate domain from prokaryotes after biochemical and genetic studies revealed that archaeans formed a genetically distinct group with distinctive biochemistry (notably in the lipid composition of their cell membranes) and metabolic pathways.