kin selection

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Related to Hamilton's rule: Red Queen Hypothesis

kin selection

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A biological theory stating that a gene that causes an organism to exhibit behavior detrimental to its survival will increase in frequency in a population if that behavior benefits the organism's relatives, which will pass the gene on to subsequent generations.

kin selection

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(Biology) biology natural selection resulting from altruistic behaviour by animals towards members of the same species, esp their offspring or other relatives
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Known as Hamilton's rule of kin selection, the theory simply states that whether or not an organism shares its food with another depends on its genetic closeness (how many genes it shares) with the other organism.
The groups that shared along the lines of Hamilton's rule foraged better and passed their code onto the next generation.
The quantitative results matched surprisingly well the predictions of Hamilton's rule even in the presence of multiple interactions.

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