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Genetic damage, mutation, and the evolution of sex

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Science  20 Sep 1985:
Vol. 229, Issue 4719, pp. 1277-1281
DOI: 10.1126/science.3898363

Abstract

The two fundamental aspects of sexual reproduction, recombination and outcrossing, appear to be maintained respectively by the advantages of recombinational repair and genetic complementation. Genetic variation is produced as a by-product of recombinational repair, but it may not be the function of sexual reproduction.

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