The evolution of the cell–cell recognition system

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THE invention of sexuality was one of the milestones in the evolution of organisms. Indeed, in both unicellular and multicellular organisms, sexuality, by allowing the exchange of genetic material between cells, has been the major driving force of evolution. On the other hand, sexuality requires surface structures for the specific recognition and mating of the cells of the two gametic types. One of us (A.M.) has recently suggested that the cell–cell recognition system is phylogenetically linked to the appearance of sexuality1. A phylogenetic connection between sexuality and cell recognition has also been suggested by Bennett et al.2. Here, we will elaborate on this idea.

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MONROY, A., ROSATI, F. The evolution of the cell–cell recognition system. Nature 278, 165–166 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1038/278165a0

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