Is bacterial persistence a social trait?
The ability of bacteria to evolve resistance to antibiotics has been much reported in recent years. It is less well-known that within populations of bacteria there are cells which are resistant due to a non-inherited phenotypic switch to a slow-growing state. Although such 'persister' cells are receiving increasing attention, the evolutionary forces involved here have been relatively ignored. Persistence has a direct benefit to cells because it allows survival during catastrophes - a form of ...Expand abstract
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- Citation: Gardner, A., West, S. A. & Griffin, A. S. (2007). 'Is bacterial persistence a social trait?', PLoS ONE, 2(8), e752. [Available at http://www.plosone.org]. © 2007 Gardner et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited. N. B. Dr Griffin is now based at the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. Professor West is now based at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.
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