Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Honorary Research Fellow



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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?



Nowell RW, Barraclough TG, Wilson CG, 2021, Bdelloid rotifers use hundreds of horizontally acquired genes against fungal pathogens

Nowell RW, Wilson CG, Almeida P, et al., 2021, Evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements in bdelloid rotifers, Elife, Vol:10, ISSN:2050-084X, Pages:1-37

Russell M, Qureshi A, Wilson C, et al., 2021, Size, not temperature, drives cyclopoid copepod predation of invasive mosquito larvae, Plos One, Vol:16, ISSN:1932-6203

Pathak A, Nowell RW, Wilson CG, et al., 2020, Comparative genomics of Alexander Fleming's original Penicillium isolate (IMI 15378) reveals sequence divergence of penicillin synthesis genes, Scientific Reports, Vol:10, ISSN:2045-2322

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