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Two new preprints

Before Christmas, Kamil and me published two paper on bioRxiv:

Genomic features of asexual animals
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/12/17/497495

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
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/12/19/501361

Sexual reproduction drives success of parasitic TEs. Abandon sex and you will be fine (if you are a yeast at least). Empirical data converges with theory and suggests that TE transposition rates evolve in asexuals because of tight linkage to a modifier.

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