Evolutionary genetics: sex happens in Giardia

Curr Biol. 2008 Jan 22;18(2):R66-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2007.11.019.


Previous analyses of the Giardia genome exposed numerous genes required for meiosis, suggesting that sexual reproduction is occurring in this early-diverging eukaryote. A new study now uncovers direct genetic evidence for recombination in Giardia populations.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • Giardia / genetics*
  • Giardia / physiology
  • Meiosis / genetics
  • Recombination, Genetic*
  • Reproduction / genetics