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Bet hedging in the underworld

Xue-Xian Zhang* and Paul B Rainey

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New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University at Albany, North Shore Mail Center 0745, Auckland, New Zealand

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Genome Biology 2010, 11:137  doi:10.1186/gb-2010-11-10-137

Published: 27 October 2010

Abstract

Under starvation conditions, the soil bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti divides into two types of daughter cell: one suited to short-term and the other to long-term starvation.