Losing the desire: selection can promote obligate asexuality
1 Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
2 Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB, UK
BMC Biology 2010, 8:101 doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-101Published: 28 July 2010
Whilst parthenogenesis has evolved multiple times from sexual invertebrate and vertebrate lineages, the drivers and consequences of the sex-asex transition remain mostly uncertain. A model by Stouthamer et al. recently published in BMC Evolutionary Biology shows a pathway by which obligate asexuality could be selected for following endosymbiont infection.