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

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

RT @LouiseMensch: Bit of a mea culpa ahead of my blog on the false reporting on #TimHunt on Monday. #grittedteeth Should have read @guardian more carefully.

@DrFulli @LouiseMensch blimey

@LouiseMensch I think it is a problem and its probably due to sexism

.@LouiseMensch but Hunt specifically referred to gender imbalance at senior levels as not necessarily a problem

.@LouiseMensch @david_colquhoun the more important point is sexism in science hurts science, industry, economy etc etc

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RAD-mapping reveals an evolving, polymorphic and fuzzy boundary of a plant pseudoautosomal region. dlvr.it/BQCvXR

Mechanisms and Evidence of Genital Coevolution: The Roles of Natural Selection, Mate Choice, and Sexual Conflict. dlvr.it/BPjNc4

Hypodermic self-insemination as a reproductive assurance strategy. dlvr.it/BPjLyC

Mechanisms and Evidence of Genital Coevolution: The Roles of Natural Selection, Mate Choice, and Sexual Conflict. dlvr.it/BPjS5L

Genomic Evidence that Sexual Selection Impedes Adaptation to a Novel Environment. dlvr.it/BMydP4

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