School of Life Sciences

Morrow Lab

flies on an orange flies on a vial correlation matrix plot

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

Risks inherent to mitochondrial replacement
Edward H Morrow , Klaus Reinhardt , Jonci N Wolff , Damian K Dowling
bioRxiv doi: 10.1101/015628


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

@drbachinsky @pknoepfler not so sure PGD does work for some mito diseases though / that seems to be the opinion of the MRT proponents

RT @drbachinsky: The big blind spot on CRISPR for human embryo editing: PGD… via @pknoepfler

New blog post: Is gene editing mtDNA an alternative to mitochondrial replacement therapy?…

@PennySarchet nice article - my latest blog post covers the same topic and might interest you

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What Happens after Inbreeding Avoidance? Inbreeding by Rejected Relatives and the Inclusive Fitness Benefit of…

Exaggerated male genitalia intensifies interspecific reproductive interference by damaging heterospecific female…

Copulatory Wounding and Traumatic Insemination.

Mate competition and evolutionary outcomes in genetically modified zebrafish (Danio rerio).

Genetic factors that increase male facial masculinity decrease facial attractiveness of female relatives.

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