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Bacterial communities as capitalist economies

Tracking the behaviour of bacteria as they group together on a surface reveals a 'rich-get-richer' mechanism in which polysaccharide deposition and cellular location amplify in a positive feedback loop. See Letter p.388

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Figure 1: A positive feed-forward circuit steers biofilm formation.


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