A Possible Mechanism of Repressing Cheating Mutants in Myxobacteria
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The formation of fruiting bodies by myxobacteria colonies involves altruistic suicide by many individual bacteria and is thus vulnerable to exploitation by cheating mutants. We report results of simulations that show how in a structured environment with patchy distribution of cheating mutants the wild type might persist.
KeywordsMutant Strain Fruiting Body Patchy Distribution Lower Motility Fruiting Body Formation