Intracellular symbionts and the evolution of uniparental cytoplasmic inheritance.

  title={Intracellular symbionts and the evolution of uniparental cytoplasmic inheritance.},
  author={Richard Law and Vivian Hutson},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={248 1321},
Uniparental inheritance of cytoplasmic elements is widespread among eukaryotic organisms and is achieved by a diverse range of mechanisms. This paper shows that the cytoplasmic genetic system would be expected to evolve towards uniparental inheritance, given the existence of deleterious symbionts capable of invading the host cytoplasm together with nuclear genes that lead to the elimination of cytoplasmic elements from one of the gamete types. The reason for this is that, under biparental… CONTINUE READING
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