Evolutionary Origin of Recombination during Meiosis

  title={Evolutionary Origin of Recombination during Meiosis},
  author={H. Bernstein and C. Bernstein},
  • H. Bernstein, C. Bernstein
  • Published 2010
  • Biology
  • Recent evidence indicates that meiosis arose very early in eukaryotic evolution, which suggests that essential features of meiosis were already present in the prokaryotic ancestors of eukaryotes. Furthermore, in extant organisms, proteins with central functions in meiosis are similar in sequence and function to key proteins in bacterial transformation. In particular, RecA recombinase—which performs the central functions of DNA homology search and strand exchange in bacterial transformation—has… CONTINUE READING
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