Origins of the machinery of recombination and sex

@article{Cavaliersmith2002OriginsOT,
  title={Origins of the machinery of recombination and sex},
  author={T. Cavalier-smith},
  journal={Heredity},
  year={2002},
  volume={88},
  pages={125-141}
}
Mutation plays the primary role in evolution that Weismann mistakenly attributed to sex. Homologous recombination, as in sex, is important for population genetics – shuffling of minor variants, but relatively insignificant for large-scale evolution. Major evolutionary innovations depend much more on illegitimate recombination, which makes novel genes by gene duplication and by gene chimaerisation – essentially mutational forces. The machinery of recombination and sex evolved in two distinct… Expand
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