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Microbial 'Cheaters' Help Scientists ID 'Social' Genes
February 13, 2008
The first genome-wide search for genes governing social behavior has found that even the simplest social creatures--the amoebae Dictyostelium discoideum--have more than 100 genes that help regulate their cooperative behavior. This study marks one of the first large-scale attempts to combine evolutionary biology with genomics in a systematic search for genes tied to social behavior.
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