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Leaking away essential resources isn't wasteful, actually helps cells grow

19:00 EST 13 Feb 2020 | AAAS

(University of Tokyo) Experts have been unable to explain why cells from bacteria to humans leak essential chemicals necessary for growth into their environment. New mathematical models reveal that leaking metabolites -- substances involved in the chemical processes to sustain life with production of complex molecules and energy -- may provide cells both selfish and selfless benefits.

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