Wild Dictyostelium discoideum social amoebae show plastic responses to the presence of nonrelatives during multicellular development

Suegene Noh, Lauren Christopher, Joan Strassmann & David Queller
When multiple strains of microbes form social groups, such as the multicellular fruiting bodies of Dictyostelium discoideum, conflict can arise regarding cell fate. Both fixed and plastic differences among strains can contribute to cell fate, and plastic responses may be particularly important if social environments frequently change. We used RNA-sequencing and photographic time series analysis to detect possible conflict-induced plastic differences between wild D. discoideum aggregates formed by single strains compared to mixed pairs of...
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