Cooperation and the Fate of Microbial Societies

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Microorganisms have been cooperating with each other for billions of years: by sharing resources, communicating with each other, and joining together to form biofilms and other large structures. These cooperative behaviors benefit the colony as a whole; however, they may be costly to the individuals performing them. This raises the question of how such… (More)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001549

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