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Making the Ultimate Family Sacrifice
November 25, 2008
A new study by Rice University biologists and Baylor College of Medicine geneticists is helping narrow the search for genes that drive single-celled amoebae to stick close to their kin before altruistically giving their all. The study appears this week in PLoS Biology and focuses on the soil-dwelling amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. The results suggest that strains of Dictyostelium may not mix as much in the wild as scientists previously thought.
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