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Horizontal gene transfer and cooperation in bacteria

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Bacteria are capable of a wide range of cooperative behaviours. It has been suggested that horizontal gene transfer, which is common in bacteria, could help to stabilise cooperation and prevent the invasion of non-cooperative cheats. Research on this hypothesis has largely focused on plasmids: genetic sequences found across bacteria that can often transfer to other cells. Here, I test two key predictions of this hypothesis across 51 bacterial species. Contrary to these predictions, I find tha...

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MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-2129-2706

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Supervisor
ORCID:
0000-0003-2152-3153
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Interdisciplinary Biosciences (BBSRC DTP)
Funding agency for:
Dewar, AE
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
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English
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Deposit date:
2022-01-17

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