UBC Math Biology Seminar: Jaye Sudweeks

  • Date: 07/28/2021
  • Time: 14:05
Jaye Sudweeks, UBC Math



Environmental Escape from the Prisoner's Dilemma [video]


During reproduction, viruses manufacture products that diffuse within the host cell. Because a virus does not have exclusive access to its own gene products, coinfection of multiple viruses allows for strategies of cooperation and defection— cooperators produce large amounts of gene product while defectors produce less product but specialize in appropriating a larger share of the common pool. Experimental data shows that, under conditions where coinfection is common, bacteriophage ɸ6 becomes trapped in a Prisoner’s dilemma, with defectors spreading to fixation, causing lowered population fitness. However, these experiments did not allow for fluctuation in the density of the external viral population. Here, I’ll discuss a model formulated to see if environmental feedback can free ɸ6 from the Prisoner’s dilemma. I’ll also discuss the concept of the Effective Game, which incorporates the frequency and density of different viral types in the environment.

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This event took place via zoom and a recording is available on mathtube.org.