Life Is A Cooperative Affair

Digest this complexity: Only one out of every 10 cells in the body is human.

“There are ten times more bacteria cells colonizing a human than the number of human cells in the body (10^14 versus 10^13, respectively).”

Microbial Co-op in Evolution“, expresses in vague “scientifically sophisticated” verbiage plain obvious observations about cooperation in evolution.

Co-op in evolution started earlier than in microbial communities. It started between individual genes, who formed and elaborated cooperative associations, genomes.

Life has always been and still is a fractal affair, repetition of phenomena on ever more complex scale. It cannot be otherwise; it evolves. And surviving-proliferating life has always been a cooperative affair since cooperation is most successful for overall survival/proliferation.

Story with comments at Science blog

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