Evolution of sex: why do organisms shuffle their genotypes?

Curr Biol. 2006 Sep 5;16(17):R696-704. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2006.07.063.


Sexual processes alter associations among alleles. To understand the evolution of sex, we need to know both the short-term and long-term consequences of changing these genetic associations. Ultimately, we need to identify which evolutionary forces--for example, selection, genetic drift, migration--are responsible for building the associations affected by sex.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Chromosome Segregation
  • Female
  • Genetic Variation
  • Genotype
  • Male
  • Recombination, Genetic
  • Selection, Genetic
  • Sex*
  • Time Factors