Sex Speeds Adaptation by Altering the Dynamics of Molecular Evolution

@article{McDonald2016SexSA,
  title={Sex Speeds Adaptation by Altering the Dynamics of Molecular Evolution},
  author={Michael J. McDonald and Daniel P. Rice and Michael M. Desai},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2016},
  volume={531},
  pages={233 - 236}
}
Sex and recombination are pervasive throughout nature despite their substantial costs. Understanding the evolutionary forces that maintain these phenomena is a central challenge in biology. One longstanding hypothesis argues that sex is beneficial because recombination speeds adaptation. Theory has proposed several distinct population genetic mechanisms that could underlie this advantage. For example, sex can promote the fixation of beneficial mutations either by alleviating interference… Expand
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