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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Social Lives of Bacteria

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU faculty member Chris Waters. “Nature red in tooth and claw”-Lord Alfred Tennyson Tennyson’s famous phrase eloquently describes the adversarial nature (pun intended) that arises from Darwin’s concepts of natural … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: When Cooperating Means Just Saying No

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by University of Washington postdoc Brian Connelly. Evolutionary biologists often talk like economists, particularly when the topic is cooperation. Instead of dollars, euros, or pounds, the universal currency in evolution is fitness. A species that … Continue reading

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Bacterial warfare using antibiotics and communication

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by University of Washington research assistant professor Josephine Chandler. Bacteria can compete with one another by making antibiotics Competition occurs all around us, between people and institutions, and in plants and animals. … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The social lives of bacteria

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU graduate student Eric Bruger. Why play well with others when you can get away with just looking out for your own self-interest? This is a sentiment not only left to … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Role of Environment in the Evolution of Cooperation

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU graduate student Brian Connelly. Cooperation is something that most people take for granted.  It’s woven into just about every part of our lives.  Our societies have even developed a wide … Continue reading

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