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Bacteria may play a role in the evolution of multicellularity

Writing in Science, Jennifer Carpenter describes a presentation by Nicole King (UC Berkeley) at the Society for Developmental Biology meeting. Choanoflagellates seem to be provoked by bacteria into switching from a single-cell form to a rosette-shaped multicellular form. The work suggests that bacteria may have played a role in the evolution of multicellularity.
 
 

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