Right balance between cooperation and competition

See:

http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/58131/

Article reads: Bacteria rarely live in a given ecological niche by themselves. Instead, they exist in communities in which one bacterial species generates as waste the substrates another species needs to survive. Their waste products are used, in turn, by other bacterial species in a complex food chain. Survival requires balancing the needs of the individual with the well-being of the group, both within and across species. How this balancing act is orchestrated can be fascinating to explore as the relative roles of cooperation, opportunism, parasitism and competition change with alterations in available resources.

Because natural selection is the indifferent driver that can`t tell cooperation from competition, what is being described above it vitalism.

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