Sex with Benefits: Candida albicans and the Selective Advantage of Mating

Sex can be a remarkably costly process and disrupt already advantageous genetic combinations. In Candida albicans, strains must undergo severe genetic and epigenetic changes in order to engage in sexual reproduction. This species is able to mate, but mating has never been observed in its natural environment, humans. In the August issue of GENETICS, Zhang et al. evaluated the biological significance of mating for this fungal species. Check out my post about it at Genes to Genomes: http://bit.ly/1J8EFs9

Candida albicans. Image by Richard Cannon.
Candida albicans. Image by Richard Cannon.
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