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Plenary Lecture 2: Cancer-like overgrowths and genomic regulatory design in microbes

Presented by: 
S Frank University of California, Irvine
Date: 
Wednesday 10th September 2014 - 14:05 to 14:40
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Abstract: 
Mutant lineages may cause cancer-like overgrowths in microbial populations. Theory predicts that microbial regulatory controls may be designed to limit the origin and competitive potential of rogue lineages. The theory depends on the fundamental tradeoff between rate and yield in microbial metabolism. The rate versus yield tradeoff and the role of cancer-like overgrowths are influenced by the genetic structure of populations and by demographic processes such as how long resource patches last.
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