Genetic exchange discovered in anciently asexual rotifers

IMAGE: Bdelloid rotifers (A. vaga) under the microscope. view more  Credit: E.A. Mnatsakanova and O.A. Vakhrusheva/Skoltech Skoltech’s evolutionary biologists discovered recombination in bdelloid rotifers, microscopic freshwater invertebrates, which have long been regarded as ‘an evolutionary scandal’ due to their presumed ancient asexuality. The existence of such anciently asexual groups calls into question the hypothesis that sexual […]