Recombination Speeds Adaptation by Reducing Competition between Beneficial Mutations in Populations of Escherichia coli

@article{Cooper2007RecombinationSA,
  title={Recombination Speeds Adaptation by Reducing Competition between Beneficial Mutations in Populations of Escherichia coli},
  author={Tim F. Cooper},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={5}
}
  • T. Cooper
  • Published 21 August 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • PLoS Biology
Identification of the selective forces contributing to the origin and maintenance of sex is a fundamental problem in biology. The Fisher–Muller model proposes that sex is advantageous because it allows beneficial mutations that arise in different lineages to recombine, thereby reducing clonal interference and speeding adaptation. I used the F plasmid to mediate recombination in the bacterium Escherichia coli and measured its effect on adaptation at high and low mutation rates. Recombination… 

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