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

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

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From now on I'll be calling gene editing methods such as CRISPR "nucleic acid donation"

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Assessing the alignment of sexual and natural selection using radio-mutagenized seed beetles. dlvr.it/97ptfn

Sex-specific effects of protein and carbohydrate intake on reproduction but not lifespan in Drosophila melanogaster. dlvr.it/97pp4Z

Evolution and function of epigenetic processes in the endosperm. dlvr.it/972D2f

Transgenerational effects of sexual interactions and sexual conflict: non-sires boost the fecundity of females in… dlvr.it/92j2SW

Trade-offs in female signal apparency to males offer alternative anti-harassment strategies for color polymorphic… dlvr.it/92j1Cj

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