Sophisticated genetic circuits allow an individual bacterium within a colony to act on its own while also ensuring that the colony pulls together in hard times, striking a balance between selflessness and selfishness, researchers from Rice University’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, Tel Aviv University and Harvard Medical School have shown.
“Our findings suggest new principles for collective decisions that allow both random behavior by individuals and nonrandom outcomes for the population as a whole” said study co-author Eshel Ben-Jacob […] “These new principles could be broadly applicable, from the study of cancer metastasis to the study of collective decisions by humans during times of stress…
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