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EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS

Cooperation in an RNA world

Encapsulated synthetic RNA molecules can cooperate to replicate while avoiding parasites.

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Fig. 1: Experimental cooperative replication of small RNA molecules.

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Solé, R. Cooperation in an RNA world. Nat Ecol Evol 2, 1527–1528 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0649-5

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