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Are Genes Really Selfish?

Biologist Richard Dawkins coined the phrase "the selfish gene" with his best-selling book of the same name. "Selfish," however, was an unfortunate word choice, because genes lack a will and can actually drive altruism. SA editor Eric Olson explains.

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