Two new preprints

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Before Christmas, Kamil and me published two paper on bioRxiv: Genomic features of asexual animals Are there any general consequences of asexuality? We reviewed and reanalysed evidence in 24 asexual animal genomes available. Asexual reproduction drives the reduction of transposable element load Sexual reproduction drives success of parasitic TEs. Abandon sex and you will be […]

New paper: Consequences of asexuality in natural populations: insights from stick insects

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New paper: Consequences of asexuality in natural populations: insights from stick insects Featured in Nature Research Highlights: Sex pays off for stick insects despite costs   We empirically tested theoretical predictions of the genomic consequences of asexuality using 5 Timema sex-asex sister pairs that are ecologically similar: signatures of arrested GC-biased gene conversion in asexuals that […]

New paper: effective selection in ancient asexuals

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No sex, no problem! Biologists from Goettingen and Lausanne analyse how loss of sex affects the genetic makeup of oribatid mites Sexual reproduction is linked to various benefits for the survival of a species. Amongst others, sex counters the accumulation of accidentally occurring deleterious mutations by allowing for exchange of genetic material. According to the […]