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A mixture of "cheats" and "co-operators" can enable maximal group benefit

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Is a group best off if everyone co-operates? Theory often considers this to be so (e.g. the "conspiracy of doves"), this understanding underpinning social and economic policy. We observe, however, that after competition between "cheat" and "co-operator" strains of yeast, population fitness is maximized under co-existence. To address whether this might just be a peculiarity of our experimental system or a result with broader applicability, we assemble, benchmark, dissect, and test a systems mo...

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10.1371/journal.pbio.1000486

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University of Oxford
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MPLS
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Zoology
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Imperial College London
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Department of Mathematics
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Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany
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University of Bath
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Department of Biology and Biochemistry
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Imperial College London
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Department of Mathematics
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PLoS Biology Journal website
Volume:
8
Issue:
9
Article number:
e1000486
Publication date:
2010-09-01
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1545-7885
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1544-9173
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English
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2011-10-11

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