Killing by Type VI secretion drives genetic phase separation and correlates with increased cooperation

@inproceedings{McNally2017KillingBT,
  title={Killing by Type VI secretion drives genetic phase separation and correlates with increased cooperation},
  author={Luke McNally and Eryn E Bernardy and Jacob Thomas and Arben Kalziqi and Jennifer T. Pentz and Sam P. Brown and Brian K. Hammer and Peter Yunker and William C Ratcliff},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
  year={2017}
}
By nature of their small size, dense growth and frequent need for extracellular metabolism, microbes face persistent public goods dilemmas. Genetic assortment is the only general solution stabilizing cooperation, but all known mechanisms structuring microbial populations depend on the availability of free space, an often unrealistic constraint. Here we describe a class of self-organization that operates within densely packed bacterial populations. Through mathematical modelling and experiments… CONTINUE READING
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