Sex releases the speed limit on evolution

@article{Colegrave2002SexRT,
  title={Sex releases the speed limit on evolution},
  author={Nick Colegrave},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2002},
  volume={420},
  pages={664-666}
}
Explaining the evolutionary maintenance of sex remains a key problem in evolutionary biology. One potential benefit of sex is that it may allow a more rapid adaptive response when environmental conditions change, by increasing the efficiency with which selection can fix beneficial mutations. Here I show that sex can increase the rate of adaptation in the facultatively sexual single-celled chlorophyte Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, but that the benefits of sex depend crucially on the size of the… Expand

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