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J Biol. 2008 Sep 30;7(7):27. doi: 10.1186/jbiol87.

Observing bacteria through the lens of social evolution.

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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA.

Abstract

Explaining the evolution of cooperative behavior is a long-standing problem for which much theory has been developed. A recent paper in BMC Biology tests central elements of this theory by manipulating a simple bacterial experimental system. This approach is useful for assessing the principles of social evolution, but we argue that more effort must be invested in the inverse problem: using social evolution theory to understand the lives of bacteria.

PMID:
18831723
PMCID:
PMC2776406
DOI:
10.1186/jbiol87
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