Altruism and social cheating in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum

  title={Altruism and social cheating in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum},
  author={Joan E Strassmann and Yong Zhu and David C. Queller},
The social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum, is widely used as a simple model organism for multicellular development, but its multicellular fruiting stage is really a society. Most of the time, D. discoideum lives as haploid, free-living, amoeboid cells that divide asexually. When starved, 104–105 of these cells aggregate into a slug. The anterior 20% of the slug altruistically differentiates into a non-viable stalk, supporting the remaining cells, most of which become viable spores. If… CONTINUE READING
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