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Research Article

A Mixture of “Cheats” and “Co-Operators” Can Enable Maximal Group Benefit

  • R. Craig MacLean equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: R. Craig MacLean, Ayari Fuentes-Hernandez

    Affiliation: Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Ayari Fuentes-Hernandez equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: R. Craig MacLean, Ayari Fuentes-Hernandez

    Affiliations: Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Duncan Greig,

    Affiliations: Research Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment, University College London, London, United Kingdom, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany

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  • Laurence D. Hurst mail,

    L.D.Hurst@bath.ac.uk (LDH); i.gudelj@imperial.ac.uk (IG)

    Affiliation: Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom

    These authors also contributed equally to this work.

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  • Ivana Gudelj mail

    L.D.Hurst@bath.ac.uk (LDH); i.gudelj@imperial.ac.uk (IG)

    Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

    These authors also contributed equally to this work.

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  • Published: September 14, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000486

About the Authors

R. Craig MacLean
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Ayari Fuentes-Hernandez, Laurence D. Hurst
Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
Ayari Fuentes-Hernandez, Ivana Gudelj
Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
Duncan Greig
Research Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment, University College London, London, United Kingdom
Duncan Greig
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany

Corresponding Authors

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

The author(s) have made the following declarations about their contributions: Conceived and designed the experiments: RCM LDH IG. Performed the experiments: RCM AFH DG IG. Analyzed the data: RCM AFH LDH IG. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: RCM AFH DG LDH IG. Wrote the paper: LDH IG.