A Mixture of “Cheats” and “Co-Operators” Can Enable Maximal Group Benefit

  title={A Mixture of “Cheats” and “Co-Operators” Can Enable Maximal Group Benefit},
  author={R Craig MacLean and Ayari Fuentes-Hern{\'a}ndez and Duncan Greig and Laurence D Hurst and Ivana Gudelj},
  booktitle={PLoS biology},
Is a group best off if everyone co-operates? Theory often considers this to be so (e.g. the "conspiracy of doves"), this understanding underpinning social and economic policy. We observe, however, that after competition between "cheat" and "co-operator" strains of yeast, population fitness is maximized under co-existence. To address whether this might just be a peculiarity of our experimental system or a result with broader applicability, we assemble, benchmark, dissect, and test a systems… CONTINUE READING
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