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The evolution of tit-for-tat in bacteria via the type VI secretion system

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Tit-for-tat is a familiar principle from animal behavior: individuals respond in kind to being helped or harmed by others. Remarkably some bacteria appear to display tit-for-tat behavior, but how this evolved is not understood. Here we combine evolutionary game theory with agent-based modelling of bacterial tit-for-tat, whereby cells stab rivals with poisoned needles (the type VI secretion system) after being stabbed themselves. Our modelling shows tit-for-tat retaliation is a surprisingly po...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1038/s41467-020-19017-z

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University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Nature Research
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Nature Communications More from this journal
Volume:
11
Issue:
2020
Article number:
5395
Publication date:
2020-10-26
Acceptance date:
2020-08-20
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2041-1723
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English
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1132440
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pubs:1132440
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2020-09-16

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