Why sex and recombination?

N.H. Barton, B. Charlesworth, Science 281 (1998) 1986–1990.

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Most higher organisms reproduce sexually, despite the automatic reproductive advantage experienced by asexual variants. This implies the operation of selective forces that confer an advantage to sexuality and genetic recombination, at either the population or individual level. The effect of sex and recombination in breaking down negative correlations between favorable variants at different genetic loci, which increases the efficiency of natural selection, is likely to be a major factor favoring their evolution and maintenance. Various processes that can cause such an effect have been studied theoretically. It has, however, so far proved hard to discriminate among them empirically.
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1998-09-25
Journal Title
Science
Volume
281
Issue
5385
Page
1986 - 1990
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Barton NH, Charlesworth B. Why sex and recombination? Science. 1998;281(5385):1986-1990. doi:10.1126/science.281.5385.1986
Barton, N. H., & Charlesworth, B. (1998). Why sex and recombination? Science, 281(5385), 1986–1990. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.281.5385.1986
Barton, Nicholas H, and Brian Charlesworth. “Why Sex and Recombination?” Science 281, no. 5385 (1998): 1986–90. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.281.5385.1986.
N. H. Barton and B. Charlesworth, “Why sex and recombination?,” Science, vol. 281, no. 5385, pp. 1986–1990, 1998.
Barton NH, Charlesworth B. 1998. Why sex and recombination? Science. 281(5385), 1986–1990.
Barton, Nicholas H., and Brian Charlesworth. “Why Sex and Recombination?” Science, vol. 281, no. 5385, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1998, pp. 1986–90, doi:10.1126/science.281.5385.1986.

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