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Losing the desire: selection can promote obligate asexuality

Kayla C King1 and Gregory DD Hurst2*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

2 Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB, UK

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BMC Biology 2010, 8:101  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-101

Published: 28 July 2010

Abstract

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.

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