Parasites and mutational load: an experimental test of a pluralistic theory for the evolution of sex.

@article{Cooper2005ParasitesAM,
  title={Parasites and mutational load: an experimental test of a pluralistic theory for the evolution of sex.},
  author={Tim F. Cooper and Richard E. Lenski and Santiago F. Elena},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2005},
  volume={272 1560},
  pages={311-7}
}
Ecological and mutational explanations for the evolution of sexual reproduction have usually been considered independently. Although many of these explanations have yielded promising theoretical results,experimental support for their ability to overcome a twofold cost of sex has been limited. For this reason, it has recently been argued that a pluralistic approach, combining effects from multiple models, may be necessary to explain the apparent advantage of sex. One such pluralistic model… CONTINUE READING

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