Market forces determine the distribution of a leaky function in a simple microbial community

Jeffrey Morris, Sarah Adkins-Jablonsky, Colleen Clark, Matthew Kuhl & Spiridon Papoulis
Many biological functions are leaky, and organisms that perform them contribute some of their products to a community "marketplace" where non-performing individuals may compete for them. Leaky functions are partitioned unequally in microbial communities, and the evolutionary forces determining which species perform them and which become beneficiaries are poorly understood. Here we demonstrate that the market principle of comparative advantage determines the distribution of a leaky antibiotic resistance gene in an environment occupied by two...
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