Two new preprints

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 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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