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EEES 272 Exploring the Two-fold Cost of Sex and the Maintenance of Meiosis

Asexual reproduction dominates the Earth's biology.  Curiously, the vast majority of eukaryotes reproduce sexually even though the evolution of meiosis involves substantial costs.  How meiosis evolved, and why it persists in sexual reproduction despite its many associated costs, are major unanswered questions in evolutionary biology.  This course will survey the literature on the evolutionary origins of meiosis and the maintenance of sexual reproduction.  We will explore the diversity of sexual and asexual modes of reproduction and related evolutionary phenomena with a focus on critically evaluating current research and theory in this area.


R. Calsbeek

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