Evolution of sex and the molecular clock in RNA viruses.

  title={Evolution of sex and the molecular clock in RNA viruses.},
  author={Lin Rui Chao},
  volume={205 1-2},
Although there exist many hypotheses for the advantage of sexual reproduction, Muller's ratchet is one that has received recent attention as an explanation for the evolution of sex in RNA viruses. Muller's ratchet provides for an advantage of sex when the rate of deleterious mutations is high and population size is small. A small population size intensifies genetic drift, which can lead to the random loss of genomes that are free of deleterious mutations. Sex becomes advantageous because it can… CONTINUE READING

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