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"My research examines the different genetic makeup of the stalk and spore cells in order to understand this behaviour and discover why some cells would 'choose' to die to help others."

Dr Thompson believes that his research could even lead to a better understanding of the human psyche.

"The rules of engagement we observe in the cells of Dictyostelium are the same at all levels," he said.

"So, if we can find out which genes prompt cells to cooperate and which trigger conflict we will gain a greater understanding of social behaviour."


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Contact: Aeron Haworth
aeron.haworth@manchester.ac.uk
44-161-275-8383
University of Manchester
28-Jun-2005


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