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Genomic clues to an ancient asexual scandal

William R Rice* and Urban Friberg

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Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA

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Genome Biology 2007, 8:232  doi:10.1186/gb-2007-8-12-232

Published: 28 December 2007


Despite abandoning meiosis, the bdelloid rotifers have persisted for millions of years and given rise to hundreds of species. Several mechanisms - allelic variants with different functions, high effective population size, and resistance to radiation - may contribute to their success.