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Frequency dependence and cooperation: theory and a test with bacteria.

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Hamilton's inclusive fitness theory provides a leading explanation for the problem of cooperation. A general result from inclusive fitness theory is that, except under restrictive conditions, cooperation should not be subject to frequency-dependent selection. However, several recent studies in microbial systems have demonstrated that the relative fitness of cheaters, which do not cooperate, is greater when cheaters are rarer. Here we demonstrate theoretically that such frequency-dependent sel...

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10.1086/519860

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University of Oxford
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MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
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Zoology
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Volume:
170
Issue:
3
Pages:
331-342
Publication date:
2007-09-01
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1537-5323
ISSN:
0003-0147
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English
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uuid:abde5c97-6cf1-4d9a-a370-b5deb36e356d
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2013-11-16

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