New‐age ideas about age‐old sex: separating meiosis from mating could solve a century‐old conundrum

  title={New‐age ideas about age‐old sex: separating meiosis from mating could solve a century‐old conundrum},
  author={Michael Brandeis},
  journal={Biological Reviews},
  • M. Brandeis
  • Published 1 May 2018
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  • Biological Reviews
Ever since Darwin first addressed it, sexual reproduction reigns as the ‘queen’ of evolutionary questions. Multiple theories tried to explain how this apparently costly and cumbersome method has become the universal mode of eukaryote reproduction. Most theories stress the adaptive advantages of sex by generating variation, they fail however to explain the ubiquitous persistence of sexual reproduction also where adaptation is not an issue. I argue that the obstacle for comprehending the role of… 

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