Re: Why Sex ?

Anders Sandberg (
19 Dec 1997 08:40:44 +0100

Philos Anthropy <> writes:

> > Is conjugation that rare? I was on a lecture about how plasmids evolve
> > (they are selfish replicators, after all, and do their best to
> > maximize their fitness) and I got the impression they are sometimes
> > almost littering the cellular environment.
> It may be more common than was portrayed in my Biochemistry book and
> indicated by the professors I've had but it is biological "standard wisdom"
> at least that bacteria usually reproduce asexually by mitotic division.

Yes, nobody denies that. But I got the impression that plasmid
exchanges are fairly common (at least so common that a beneficial gene
such as antibiotics resistance can spread quite quickly through the
population if needed).

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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