The Evolutionary Origin and Maintenance of Sexual Recombination: A Review of Contemporary Models

  • John A. Birdsell
  • Christopher Wills
Part of the Evolutionary Biology book series (EBIO, volume 33)


This review is intended to be a global examination of the various hypotheses for the origin and maintenance of genetic recombination and out-crossing, with a look at the surprisingly limited amounts of experimental evidence that has been obtained in order to distinguish among them. It is designed for the reader who wishes an overview of the current state of this large and complex field. However, it is simply not possible to deal in detail with the many competing and complementary hypotheses without turning the review into a book. We apologize in advance to those whose ideas and contributions may have been left out, or may not have been dealt with in the detail that they would like.


Deleterious Mutation Sexual Population Recombinational Repair Mitotic Recombination Sexual Recombination 
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  • John A. Birdsell
    • 1
  • Christopher Wills
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biology and Center for Molecular GeneticsUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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