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Clonal interference

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Diagram showing the difference between two groups of organisms. The first has no lack of genetic recombination but the second group has, so that in the second group, clonal interference occurs.

Clonal interference is a natural phenomenon that occurs within population genetics of an asexual organism. It occurs when genetic recombination is lacking and thus a fixed genetic background accumulates several beneficial mutations at the same time in two different individuals within a large homogeneous population.[1]


  1. Clonal Interference and the Periodic Selection of New Benefiial Mutations in Escherichia coli By J. Arjan G. M. de Visser and Daniel E. Rozen

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