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Division of labour in microorganisms: an evolutionary perspective.

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The division of labour, whereby individuals within a group specialize in certain tasks, has long been appreciated as central to the evolution of complex biological societies. In recent years, several examples of division of labour in microorganisms have arisen, which suggests that this strategy may also be important in microbial species. In this Opinion article, we explore the set of conditions that define division of labour and propose that cooperation between different phenotypes is a defin...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1038/nrmicro.2016.111

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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Journal:
Nature Reviews Microbiology Journal website
Volume:
14
Issue:
11
Pages:
716-723
Publication date:
2016-09-05
Acceptance date:
2016-07-06
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EISSN:
1740-1534
ISSN:
1740-1526
Pubs id:
pubs:645888
URN:
uri:310cae1b-7bd0-4d39-954c-6dbd0f3d4426
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uuid:310cae1b-7bd0-4d39-954c-6dbd0f3d4426
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pubs:645888
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