School of Life Sciences

Morrow Lab

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Evolutionary Genetics of Sexual Conflict

We are interested in understanding more about the nitty gritty of sexual conflict. An understanding of sexual conflict at a more detailed level will clarify how sexual dimorphism evolves (or doesn't) and whether sexually antagonistic can contribute to the maintenance of genetic variation.

Some of the specific questions that we are trying to answer include (but are not limited to): which particular traits are embroiled in sexual conflict? How important is sexually antagonistic selection relative to other forms of selection? How has the genome been shaped by it, and our current focus - which particular genes experience sexually antagonistic selection?

We are currently using two systems to try to answer these questions. In the lab we work with the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, for which there is such a wealth of genetic tools and knowledge. We are also using human datasets to examine specifically whether we can detect patterns of sexual antagonism in contemporary populations.

Our research program is dependent upon an active and enthusiastic team together with some expert collaborators. We also have generous support from The Royal Society, The European Research Council, and the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsådet).

Ted Morrow (January 2013)

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Preprints from the lab

The evolution of sex differences in disease genetics
William P Gilks, Jessica K Abbott, Edward H Morrow


Dr Ted Morrow

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Royal Society University Research Fellow
Tel: +44 1273 87 28 62
Twitter: @ted_morrow


Evolutionary biologist, sexual antagonism, sexual conflict, Royal Society University Research Fellow #morrowlab, tweet for @SussexBiology @SexualConflict

RT @fly_papers: Female responses to experimental removal of sexual selection components in Drosophila melanogaster.

@aylwyn_scally well the point I was trying to make was that why not try to keep both genders in the loop - there are tons of benefits

@aylwyn_scally well I guess it's hard to quantify, but it certainly something I look at when assessing applications

.@domedward1 - yes good point - although for early stage researchers (postdocs) the proportions are more equal, no?

@aylwyn_scally can't believe I just used au contraire in a tweet - apologies!

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Structure and decay of a proto-Y region in Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus.

Evaluating the post-copulatory sexual selection hypothesis for genital evolution reveals evidence for pleiotropic…

Sexual conflict. The evolution of infanticide by males in mammalian societies.

Is Sexual Conflict an "Engine of Speciation"?

Is Sexual Conflict an "Engine of Speciation"?

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