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Whilst parthenogenesis has evolved multiple times from sexual invertebrate and vertebrate lineages, the drivers and consequences of the sex-asex transition remain mostly uncertain. A model by Stouthamer et al. recently published in BMC Evolutionary Biology shows a pathway by which obligate asexuality could be selected for following endosymbiont infection. See research article http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/10/229.

Original publication

DOI

10.1186/1741-7007-8-101

Type

Journal article

Journal

BMC Biol

Publication Date

28/07/2010

Volume

8

Keywords

Animals, Biological Evolution, Models, Biological, Parthenogenesis, Selection, Genetic, Wasps