"Lec 9 - The Evolution of Sex" Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB 122) There are several explanations for the evolution of sex and its continued prevalence. One is facilitating the spread of helpful mutations while hastening the removal of harmful ones. Another is expediting resistance against pathogens. Sex does have several costs compared to asex, such as only giving half your genome to offspring, having to find mates, and the risk of predation and STDs. Overall, the benefits outweigh the costs and sex has a firm hold on the majority of the recent branches of the tree of life. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction 08:54 - Chapter 2. The Traditional View on Sex‚Äôs Existence 13:38 - Chapter 3. The Costs of Sex 28:02 - Chapter 4. Recombination 38:25 - Chapter 5. Pathogens and Parasites 44:54 - Chapter 6. Modern Asexuality and Conclusion Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2009.
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Lec 1 - The Nature of Evolution: Selection, Inheritance, and History
Lec 2 - Basic Transmission Genetics
Lec 3 - Adaptive Evolution: Natural Selection
Lec 4 - Neutral Evolution: Genetic Drift
Lec 5 - How Selection Changes the Genetic Composition of Population
Lec 6 - The Origin and Maintenance of Genetic Variation
Lec 7 - The Importance of Development in Evolution
Lec 8 - The Expression of Variation: Reaction Norms
Lec 11 - Life History Evolution
Lec 14 - Species and Speciation
Lec 15 - Phylogeny and Systematics
Lec 16 - Comparative Methods: Trees, Maps, and Traits
Lec 17 - Key Events in Evolution
Lec 18 - Major Events in the Geological Theatre
Lec 19 - The Fossil Record and Life's History
Lec 21 - Evolutionary Medicine
Lec 22 - The Impact of Evolutionary Thought on the Social Sciences
Lec 24 - Climate and the Distribution of Life on Earth
Lec 25 - Interactions with the Physical Environment
Lec 26 - Population Growth: Density Effects
Lec 27 - Interspecific Competition
Lec 28 - Ecological Communities
Lec 29 - Island Biogeography and Invasive Species
Lec 30 - Energy and Matter in Ecosystems
Lec 31 - Why So Many Species? The Factors Affecting Biodiversity
Lec 32 - Economic Decisions for the Foraging Individual
Lec 33 - Evolutionary Game Theory: Fighting and Contests
Lec 34 - Mating Systems and Parental Care
Lec 35 - Alternative Breeding Strategies