Population genetic perspectives on the evolution of recombination.

  title={Population genetic perspectives on the evolution of recombination.},
  author={Marcus W. Feldman and Sarah P. Otto and Freddy Bugge Christiansen},
  journal={Annual review of genetics},
Optimality arguments and modifier theory are reviewed as paradigms for the study of the evolution of recombination. Optimality criteria (such as maximization of mean fitness) may agree with results from models developed in terms of the evolution of recombination at modifier loci. Modifier models demonstrate, however, that equilibrium mean fitness can decrease during the evolution of recombination rates and is not always maximized. Therefore, optimality arguments do not successfully predict the… CONTINUE READING

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