Genomic clues to an ancient asexual scandal
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
Genome Biology 2007, 8:232 doi:10.1186/gb-2007-8-12-232Published: 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.