Quantifying the threat of extinction from Muller's ratchet in the diploid Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa)

@inproceedings{Loewe2007QuantifyingTT,
  title={Quantifying the threat of extinction from Muller's ratchet in the diploid Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa)},
  author={Laurence Loewe and Dunja K. Lamatsch},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2007}
}
The Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa) is a small unisexual fish that has been suspected of being threatened by extinction from the stochastic accumulation of slightly deleterious mutations that is caused by Muller's ratchet in non-recombining populations. However, no detailed quantification of the extent of this threat is available. Here we quantify genomic decay in this fish by using a simple model of Muller's ratchet with the most realistic parameter combinations available employing the… CONTINUE READING
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