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ScienceDaily (May 6, 2010) — In the depths of a former copper mine in Northern California dwell what may be the
smallest, most stripped-down
forms of life ever discovered.
. . .
Archaea -- are smaller than other known microorganisms, rivaled in size only by a microbe that can survive solely as a parasite attached to the outside of other cells. Their genomes, . . . are among the smallest ever reported.
. . .
"Other cells in the mine have what looks like a needle that sometimes pokes right into the cells," . . . These cellular extensions are only present when this interaction between the microbes is seen,
Originally posted by Thain Esh Kelch
You quote the article somewhat wrongly - Archaea aren't nescessarily in general the ones with the smallest genomes. They are actually closer to eukaryotes than prokaryotes are.
The team reconstructed the genomes of three distinct lineages of ARMAN and found them to be tiny -- a mere 1 million base pairs, in contrast to hundreds of billions in humans