Experimental evolution of multicellularity using microbial pseudo-organisms.

  title={Experimental evolution of multicellularity using microbial pseudo-organisms.},
  author={David C. Queller and Joan E Strassmann},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={9 1},
In a major evolutionary transition to a new level of organization, internal conflicts must be controlled before the transition can truly be successful. One such transition is that from single cells to multicellularity. Conflicts among cells in multicellular organisms can be greatly reduced if they consist of genetically identical clones. However, mutations to cheaters that experience one round of within-individual selection could still be a problem, particularly for certain life cycles. We… CONTINUE READING
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