How can biological systems achieve specialization but retain plasticity to drive change when needed?

Through an international collaboration, team of biologists and theoretical physicists from Dresden (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems), Cambridge, UK (Babraham Institute) and Athens (B.S.R.C. “Alexander Fleming”) has tackled this paradox in a study now published in the journal Cell Systems.


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Publication reference:

Patalano S., Alsina A., Gregorio-Rodriguez C., Bachman M., Dreier S., Hernando-Herraez I., Nana P., Balasubramanian S., Sumner S., Reik W., Rulands S. (2022). Self-organization of plasticity and specialization in a primitively social insect. Cell systems. DOI: 10.1016/j.cels.2022.08.002