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Speciation, horizontal transfer and the evolutionary genomics of bdelloid rotifers

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Bdelloid rotifers are tiny animals that challenge conventional notions of how animals evolve. They appear to have been strictly asexual for 50 millions of years, and yet have diversified into many hundreds of species. They have also taken up orders of magnitude more DNA by horizontal transfer than found in other animals. I describe our work investigating the evolutionary consequences of bdelloids’ unusual life-style, and testing whether unusual mechanisms such as horizontal transfer might explain how they have prospered without the evolutionary benefits of sexual reproduction. In particular, I describe our recent results from comparative and population genomics.

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