A Mutation Threshold for Cooperative Takeover

  title={A Mutation Threshold for Cooperative Takeover},
  author={Alexandre Champagne-Ruel and Paul Charbonneau},
One of the leading theories for the origin of life includes the hypothesis according to which life would have evolved as cooperative networks of molecules. Explaining cooperation—and particularly, its emergence in favoring the evolution of life-bearing molecules—is thus a key element in describing the transition from nonlife to life. Using agent-based modeling of the iterated prisoner’s dilemma, we investigate the emergence of cooperative behavior in a stochastic and spatially extended setting… 

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