Experimental tests of the adaptive significance of sexual recombination

Nat Rev Genet. 2002 Apr;3(4):241-51. doi: 10.1038/nrg760.


Numerous theories have been proposed to explain the advantages of sexual recombination the exchange of hereditary material between different genomes or homologous chromosomes. Many of these candidate benefits have been evaluated in controlled laboratory experiments, which, collectively, strongly indicate that sexual recombination provides important long-term advantages.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • Female
  • Genetic Variation
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mutation / physiology*
  • Phylogeny
  • Recombination, Genetic*
  • Reproduction
  • Selection, Genetic*
  • Sex Characteristics
  • X Chromosome
  • Y Chromosome