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Recent findings of molecular biology show that recombination is initiated by interactions between homologous chromosomes and that an allele can induce the initiation of recombination on the homolog. Since gene conversion at the site of initiation is strong enough to promote the transmission of that allele, recombination may be a way for a self-promoting element to spread, even if it gives no advantage to the individual or to the population. I develop a simple model and discuss available molecular evidence in support of this hypothesis. A consequent argument is that with asexual reproduction the evolution of recombination leads to an intragenomic conflict, and a possible outcome of this conflict may be the origin of sexual reproduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-346
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 7 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics


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