Vanderbilt biologists test evolutionary theories with novel empirical study of ‘cheater’ mitochondria

Vanderbilt University biologists are testing the theoretical understanding of “cheating” and “cooperative” behaviour in mitochondria—the organelles that generate cellular energy—with findings that provide new evolutionary insights into why selfishness and cooperation can coexist among populations. Maulik Patel and Ann Tate, both assistant professors of biological sciences, along with lead author and PhD student Bryan Gitschlag, published their […]