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Archaea along with bacteria comprise the two groups of prokaryotes. The discovery of the Archaea, now over 30 years ago, has blossomed into fascinating revelations about the origin of life and the discovery of unique mechanisms that penetrate diverse aspects of biology, biochemistry, and genetics. The field of archaeal biology is growing rapidly. For this reason, we can anticipate a continued need for comprehensive coverage on these organisms that promotes dissemination of relevant information.