September 22nd, 2006

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Fundamental Questions in Biology


PLos Biology, Sept. 2006 -- Editorial

What features convey robustness to systems? How different should we expect the robustness of different systems to be, depending on whether selection is operating primarily on the whole system or on its parts? How does robustness trade off against adaptability? How does natural selection deal with environmental noise and the consequent uncertainty at diverse scales? When does synchrony emerge, and what are its implications for robustness? When and how does cooperative behavior emerge, and can we derive lessons from evolutionary history to foster cooperation in a global commons?
These are among what we identify as fundamental questions in biology, cutting across subdisciplines and with the potential to reunify the subject. To encourage recognition of these challenges, PLoS Biology is publishing a series of brief discussion papers raising core issues and designed to be provocative.

The first in the series is published today:
Cooperation among Microorganisms


Nature Reviews Microbiology, Aug. 2006
Social evolution theory for microorganisms -- Abstract - PDF

A. Gardner publications on social evolution theory