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A mixture of "cheats" and "co-operators" can enable maximal group benefit.

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Is a group best off if everyone co-operates? Theory often considers this to be so (e.g. the "conspiracy of doves"), this understanding underpinning social and economic policy. We observe, however, that after competition between "cheat" and "co-operator" strains of yeast, population fitness is maximized under co-existence. To address whether this might just be a peculiarity of our experimental system or a result with broader applicability, we assemble, benchmark, dissect, and test a systems mo...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Journal:
PLoS biology
Volume:
8
Issue:
9
Pages:
1048-1054
Publication date:
2010
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EISSN:
1545-7885
ISSN:
1544-9173
URN:
uuid:10698505-f04d-49c7-8a08-829bce67d61c
Source identifiers:
209941
Local pid:
pubs:209941

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