Observing bacteria through the lens of social evolution.

TitleObserving bacteria through the lens of social evolution.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsNadell, CD, Bassler, BL, Levin, SA
JournalJ Biol
Date Published2008 Sep 30
KeywordsBacteria, Biofilms, Biological Evolution, Models, Biological, Quorum Sensing

<p>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.</p>

Alternate JournalJ. Biol.
PubMed ID18831723
PubMed Central IDPMC2776406
Grant List5R01GM065859 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States