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From the depths of a microscopic world, spontaneous cooperation


May 6, 2015

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A clever combination of two different types of computer simulations enabled a group of Illinois researchers to uncover an unexpectedly cooperative group dynamic: The spontaneous emergence of resource sharing among individuals in a community. Who were the members of this friendly, digitally represented collective? Escherichia coli, rod-shaped bacteria found in the digestive systems of humans and many other animals.Full Story

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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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