Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Honorary Research Fellow



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N3.11MunroSilwood Park





Causes and consequences of obligately asexual evolution

Horizontal gene transfer between bdelloid rotifers questioned, The Scientist, July 2018

Cross-contamination explains "inter and intraspecific horizonal genetic transfers" between asexual bdelloid rotifers. Wilson, C.G., Nowell, R. W. & Barraclough, T. G. 2018. Current Biology 28, 2436-2444.

DNA Contamination

Four bdelloid rotifers in the genus Adineta

We still don't know how strange, celibate animals evolve, Imperial College, April 2018

The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry: The Enigma of Sex, BBC Radio 4 interviews, February 2018

Study sheds new light on sexless creatures, Imperial College, June 2013

(video): The mystery of the celibate rotifer, Science Friday, January 2010 [full story]

(Español)  La insólita especie animal que se reproduce solo por clones desde hace 40 millones de años, NCYT, Sep 2013

Science Podcast, AAAS, January 2010 [transcript]

Why asexual organisms are on their last legs, The New York Times, January 2010

How to survive without sex for 50 million years, National Geographic, February 2010

(Deutsch): Selbstverteidigungstrick: Rädertierchen flüchten per Salto, Der Spiegel, January 2010

(Português): Animal revela como sobrevive sem sexo, Folha de Sao Paulo, February 2010

(Español): Un escándalo evolutivo, Xataka Ciencia, September 2010

(Hebrew): Who needs sex anyway?



Wilson CG, Nowell R, Barraclough T, 2018, Cross-contamination explains "inter- and intraspecific horizontal genetic transfers" between asexual bdelloid rotifers, Current Biology, Vol:28, ISSN:1879-0445, Pages:2436-2444.e14

Barraclough TG, Nowell R, Wilson C, et al., 2018, Comparative genomics of bdelloid rotifers: insights from desiccating and nondesiccating species, Plos Biology, Vol:16, ISSN:1544-9173

Wilson CG, Sherman PW, 2013, Spatial and temporal escape from fungal parasitism in natural communities of anciently asexual bdelloid rotifers, Proceedings of the Royal Society B-biological Sciences, Vol:280, ISSN:0962-8452

Wilson CG, 2011, Desiccation-tolerance in bdelloid rotifers facilitates spatiotemporal escape from multiple species of parasitic fungi, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Vol:104, ISSN:0024-4066, Pages:564-574

Wilson CG, Sherman PW, 2010, Anciently Asexual Bdelloid Rotifers Escape Lethal Fungal Parasites by Drying Up and Blowing Away, Science, Vol:327, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:574-576

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