|Engineering E. coli to have a hybrid Archaeal/Bacterial membrane|In: Trends in Microbiology. Elsevier: Cambridge. ISSN 0966-842X, meer
heterochiral; lipid membrane; lipid divide; glycerol-1-phosphate; Archaea
Bacteria and Archaea have membrane lipids with an opposite stereochemistry. The most plausible explanation for this differentiation implies an unstable heterochiral membrane stage. A recent study engineered Escherichia coli with a significant abundance of archaeal lipids showing higher robustness, disproving heterochirality as the driving force for this differentiation.