Domains of Life; Prokaryotic vs. Eukaryotic Cells

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In Lecture 2, do the words " superkingdom" and "domain" mean the same?

For the purposes of MCB150, the two superkingdoms refer only to prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Because archae is technically a prokaryote, it falls into that superkingdom. But the three domains contain a separate level of distinction, which is the comparisons of the rRNA. This separates archae from bacteria. So, no, they are not the same. Domains are a more specific way to discern between different types of organisms.

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