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Discovery - Sexual Nature 2/3

Adam Rutherford explores the mysteries and theories surrounding the origins of sex 1.5 billion years ago. What is sex’s big advantage over asexual reproduction?

Sex is one of Nature’s great forces of change. Yet it is one of life’s great mysteries. Adam Rutherford investigates how and why living things first invented sex about 1.5 billion years ago. He begins by exploring why so many animals and plants have carried on doing it, given that sex has some big disadvantages compared to asexual reproduction.

  • Broadcast on BBC World Service, 1:32AM Sun, 17 Feb 2013
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC World Service, 7:32PM Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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  • Duration 18 minutes

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