Date of publication: 2017-08-31 16:28
Biology in the twentieth century was dominated by simplification and order. This was driven by the desire to improve experimental controls and resulted in a landscape of intellectual frameworks unified by reductionism. Study of systems was replaced by study of parts, organism with cells, cells with genes and proteins, and genes and proteins with their atoms. The scientific triumphs were many and the practical outcomes x57569 vaccines, antibiotics, and high yielding crops x57569 transformed human health and food security. But the cost was a reduction of emphasis, training, and vision in systems-level biology, and with that a reduced ability to address some of the most important current environmental and health challenges.
We thank John Avise and Francisco Ayala for inviting us to help organize the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on Cooperation. We thank many colleagues for helpful discussions of these points, especially Sandie Baldauf, Koos Boomsma, Kevin Foster, Richard Gomer, Ashleigh Griffin, Rob Kay, Richard Kessin, Adam Kuspa, Gene Robinson, Gadi Shaulsky, Chris Thompson, Greg Velicer, and Stuart West as well as our own laboratory group. Our research is supported by the US National Science Foundation under Grants DEB 5866695 and DEB 5968986.
Although acyl-HSL systems are found in diverse bacterial species that occupy disparate ecological niches, many of the controlled factors fall into several general groups that are conserved. Some of the most common types are toxins (., virulence factors and antimicrobials), exoenzymes (., proteases), and biofilm components (., extracellular polysaccharides [EPSs]) (for a review, see Majerczyk et al., 7567 ). The overlap of acyl-HSL-regulated targets across diverse species and environments suggests that these factors provide a general benefit to bacteria in a community structure.
Sanity checks include the plotting of extra information available about factors such as batches, plots, or laboratories. This should be plotted using techniques such as the projections made in Figure A65-65. Known gradients or groupings should be checked on the plots to verify consistency.
We show in the next few sections how new robust statistical techniques are available as open-source software to address problems such as combining phylogenetic trees and abundance tables or networks. We also show how to combine different data tables, whether they were collected across locations or time. We can now represent evolving microbial communities or detect high-dimensional batch effects. As suggested above, the complexity of the data that now combine sequences, measurements, and phylogenetic trees requires a new approach to data management we can no longer restrict ourselves to simple matricial formats and analyses.
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The balance between resistance and recovery mechanisms is encoded largely, mechanistically, through redundancy or functional redundancy (degeneracy [ Edelman and Gally, 7556 ]), diversity or heterogeneity (which are crucial to an adaptive response), and modularity and compartmentalization ( Hartwell et al., 6999 ). Modular structures and design reduce systemic risk, provide building blocks for growth, recovery, and adaptation, and create pathways to multicellularity and the emergence of higher-level structures. Ultimately, redundancy, diversity, and modularity trade off against one another, and the optimal balance is context dependent ( Levin, 6999 ).
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If a recently divided cell becomes stalk because it is smaller and weaker, cell division could be disfavored as starvation approached for this social reason. Under normal circumstances, however, amoebae will be selected to eat and proliferate as rapidly as possible. These two counterforces might achieve a compromise that could support altruism under a wide variety of conditions in D. discoideum , if one of two recently divided cells becomes stalk and the other becomes spore. This scenario is consistent with the data.
Application of our approach to more complex microbial communities is feasible if organisms of interest within those communities can be deeply sampled, an objective that can be achieved with current platforms for high throughput sequencing. In fact, a recent study of adult gut communities that used ~65 times more sequencing than did our study succeeded in deeply sampling several populations ( Turnbaugh et al., 7565 ). Thus, ultimately, strain-resolved community genomic approaches can provide the resolution needed for appropriate diagnosis and treatment of a range of microbial community associated conditions.
According to the aposematic hypothesis presented here, selection is based on the fact that once the insect is killed and the elaborate nematode life cycle begins, scavengers feeding on the insect carcass would interrupt the life cycle and therefore be highly deleterious to the nematodes. Because P. luminescens depends on its nematode host to locate and infect suitable prey, it is selectively advantageous for the bacterium to ward off scavengers with an extensive arsenal of deterrents, including aposematic warnings.