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Unselfish Altruism in Nature

The bottom line is this: A variant of a gene (an “allele”) that confers a trait that results in group-level or species-level survival or reproduction at the expense of the individual will have lower fitness than an allele that instead confers a trait that results in individual survival or reproduction.

-- Greg Laden

from "Acting for the survival of the species (a falsehood)"

Quoted on Wed Sep 2nd, 2009