School of Life Sciences

Morrow Lab

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Evolutionary Genetics of Sexual Conflict

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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

@mattd_hall seems this paper outlines how temperament was assessed…

@mattd_hall yes, that's a good point! I guess the same could be said for many personality traits - hard to define, harder to resolve genes

@mattd_hall I've not gone through them in detail yet but they seems to be small-moderate effects

mtDNA and personality…… 2/2

So it seems there is in fact evidence for mtDNA influencing personality traits…… 1/2

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Sexually antagonistic association between paternal phenotype and offspring viability reinforces total selection on…

Female, but not male, nematodes evolve under experimental sexual coevolution.

Sexually antagonistic polymorphism in simultaneous hermaphrodites.

Sexually antagonistic polymorphism in simultaneous hermaphrodites.

Female sperm use and storage between fertilization events drive sperm competition and male ejaculate allocation.

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