Selfish genetic elements and their role in evolution: the evolution of sex and some of what that entails.

@article{Hurst1995SelfishGE,
  title={Selfish genetic elements and their role in evolution: the evolution of sex and some of what that entails.},
  author={Laurence D. Hurst},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={1995},
  volume={349 1329},
  pages={321-32}
}
  • Laurence D. Hurst
  • Published 1995 in
    Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society…
An individual is often considered (sometimes implicitly) to be the product of a well functioning mutualism between its constituent genes. This however need not be so. One consequence of sexual reproduction is that costly competition within an individual between genes that are effectively allelic can provide the conditions for the spread of suppressors of such competition. The spread of both these ultracompetitive alleles (alias selfish genetic elements) and their suppressors is evidence of a… CONTINUE READING

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