Recurrent loss of sex is associated with accumulation of deleterious mutations in Oenothera.

Abstract

Sexual reproduction is nearly universal among eukaryotes. Theory predicts that the rarity of asexual eukaryotic species is in part caused by accumulation of deleterious mutations and heightened extinction risk associated with suppressed recombination and segregation in asexual species. We tested this prediction with a large data set of 62 transcriptomes… (More)
DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msu345

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