Potential germline competition in animals and its evolutionary implications.

  title={Potential germline competition in animals and its evolutionary implications.},
  author={Ian M. Hastings},
  volume={123 1},
Mutation, mitotic crossing over and mitotic gene conversion can create genetic diversity in otherwise uniform diploid cell lineages. In the germline this diversification may result in competition between diploid germline phenotypes, with subsequent biases in the frequency of alleles transmitted to the offspring. Sperm competition is a well documented feature of many higher organisms and a model is developed to quantify this process. Competition, and hence selection, can also occur by… CONTINUE READING

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