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Kin Selection

  The term ‘kin selection’ was coined by John Maynard-Smith (in his work, The Theory of Evolution, 1966) to describe the apparently altruistic situation where natural selection acts upon an individual in such a way as to benefit its relatives without benefit to itself. Thus a worker bee is genetically preprogrammed to remain sterile throughout her life, which is spent caring for her relatives, some of whom will become queen bees and multiply many of the genes which the sterile worker herself carries. RB

See also altruism; evolution; group selection; selfish gene.Further reading Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.



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