Kin Discrimination Increases with Genetic Distance in a Social Amoeba

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In the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum, thousands of cells aggregate upon starvation to form a multicellular fruiting body, and approximately 20% of them die to form a stalk that benefits the others. The aggregative nature of multicellular development makes the cells vulnerable to exploitation by cheaters, and the potential for cheating is indeed… (More)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0060287

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