Endemic social diversity within natural kin groups of a cooperative bacterium.

@article{Kraemer2011EndemicSD,
  title={Endemic social diversity within natural kin groups of a cooperative bacterium.},
  author={Susanne A Kraemer and Gregory J. Velicer},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2011},
  volume={108 Suppl 2},
  pages={10823-30}
}
The spatial structure of genetic diversity underlying social variation is a critical determinant of how cooperation and conflict evolve. Here we investigated whether natural social groups of the cooperative soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus harbor internal genetic and phenotypic variation and thus the potential for social conflict between interacting cells. Ten M. xanthus fruiting bodies isolated from soil were surveyed for variation in multiple social phenotypes and genetic loci, and patterns… CONTINUE READING

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