Whence meiosis?

Cell. 2001 Sep 21;106(6):647-50. doi: 10.1016/s0092-8674(01)00500-1.


Sexual reproduction predominates among eukaryotic organisms on our planet. While debate continues over why this should be so, burgeoning genomic and functional information now allows us to begin to think reasonably about some of the events that may have occurred to make sex possible in the first place.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Crossing Over, Genetic
  • Female
  • Male
  • Mammals
  • Meiosis / genetics
  • Meiosis / physiology*
  • Plant Physiological Phenomena
  • Recombination, Genetic
  • Reproduction / physiology*