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


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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