Interference among deleterious mutations favours sex and recombination in finite populations

  title={Interference among deleterious mutations favours sex and recombination in finite populations},
  author={P. Keightley and S. Otto},
  • P. Keightley, S. Otto
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Sex and recombination are widespread, but explaining these phenomena has been one of the most difficult problems in evolutionary biology. Recombination is advantageous when different individuals in a population carry different advantageous alleles. By bringing together advantageous alleles onto the same chromosome, recombination speeds up the process of adaptation and opposes the fixation of harmful mutations by means of Muller's ratchet. Nevertheless, adaptive substitutions favour sex and… CONTINUE READING
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