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Evolutionary route to diploidy and sex

Authors
  • Tuzel, Erkan
  • Sevim, Volkan
  • Erzan, Ayse
Type
Published Article
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2001
Submission Date
Mar 01, 2001
Identifiers
arXiv ID: cond-mat/0103010
Source
arXiv
License
Unknown
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Abstract

Using a bit-string model of evolution, we find a successful route to diploidy and sex in simple organisms. Allowing the sexually reproducing diploid individuals to also perform mitosis, as they do in a haploid-diploid cycle, leads to the complete takeover of the population by sexual diploids. This mechanism is so robust, that even the accidental conversion and pairing of only two diploids give rise to a sexual population.

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