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Scientists reveal how natural systems limit the spread of "cheating" bacteria

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In the first field study of its kind researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Oxford have investigated the competitive dynamics of pathogenic and non-pathogenic strains of bacteria.

Bacteria are increasingly seen as living and interacting in groups and sharing resources such as virulence factors, biofilms, and proteins used to scavenge iron. Investing in these shared resources can be thought of as cooperation.

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