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Altruism needs selfish genes to evolve after all
New Scientist
Format: Magazine Article
Publication Year: 2008
Source ID: shanti-sources-48901
Collection: Altruism
Abstract: It’s a problem that has been debated ever since Darwin: how have hundreds of species of insects and other animals evolved altruistic helpers that give up their own reproduction for the sake of others?Recently, the orthodox explanation – that they favour their own genes indirectly by helping their kin – has been fiercely challenged by Edward O Wilson, one of the most prominent evolutionary biologists of our time. But now a research team led by William Hughes, of Leeds University, UK, claims to have falsified Wilson’s predictions, showing that genetic relatedness is really the key.