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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
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Sexual reproduction has genetic advantages

Tuesday - Apr 10, 2012, 12:28pm (GMT+5.5)
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London -  Courtship rituals can be a full-time activity, demanding time and effort, but now scientists have discovered why it might be worth it. Animals and plants which reproduce sexually are  at a considerable advantage to those species - such as some insects and reptiles - that reproduce without a partner.

University of Edinburgh researchers studied sexual reproduction in tiny fruit flies to learn more about how DNA is randomly shuffled when the genes of two parents combine to create a new  individual, the journal Genome Biology and Evolution reports.

They suggest the findings may also pave the way for higher yielding crop species, according to an Edinburgh statement.

They found that this recombination of genetic material allows for damaging elements of DNA - which might cause disease or other potential drawbacks - to be weeded out within a few  generations.

Individuals who inherit healthy genes tend to flourish and pass on their DNA to the next generation, while weaker individuals are more likely to die without reproducing.

The findings, made possible by genome sequencing technology, provide strong evidence to back up a long-standing theory that sexual reproduction, rather than asexual cloning of an  individual, has long-term benefits for a species.





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