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

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

Data

Pilot study into whole genome resequencing of hemiclonal Drosophila melanogaster
BioProject: 279479

Contact

Dr Ted Morrow

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Royal Society University Research Fellow
Email: ted.morrow@sussex.ac.uk
Tel: +44 1273 87 28 62
Twitter: @ted_morrow

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Evolution of dosage compensation under sexual selection differs between X and Z chromosomes. dlvr.it/Bg9j86

Context-dependent effects of Y chromosome and mitochondrial haplotype on male locomotive activity in Drosophila… dlvr.it/Bd5KNd

The geography of sex-specific selection, local adaptation, and sexual dimorphism. dlvr.it/BbwwdG

The geography of sex-specific selection, local adaptation, and sexual dimorphism. dlvr.it/Bbw9vV

Sex-biased dispersal, kin selection and the evolution of sexual conflict. dlvr.it/BbLTrK

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