Outcrossed sex allows a selfish gene to invade yeast populations.

  title={Outcrossed sex allows a selfish gene to invade yeast populations.},
  author={Matthew R Goddard and David W. Greig and Austin Burt},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={268 1485},
Homing endonuclease genes (HEGs) in eukaryotes are optional genes that have no obvious effect on host phenotype except for causing chromosomes not containing a copy of the gene to be cut, thus causing them to be inherited at a greater than Mendelian rate via gene conversion. These genes are therefore expected to increase in frequency in outcrossed populations, but not in obligately selfed populations. In order to test this idea, we compared the dynamics of the VDE HEG in six replicate… CONTINUE READING