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


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


Dr Ted Morrow

Ted Morrow portrait

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

Current Biology Q&A with Tim Birkhead…

RT @statsforbios: Asymmetric violin plots to show two categories. Nice! Age when conducting Nobel prize research. by @cmyeaton

Ha! Sweets at the Nobel Forum reflect prize winners - worms, monkeys and chinese-puffs…

RT @LukeHolman_Evo: PhD positions on sex and social insects in my lab in Melbourne! RTs much appreciated.…

11 loci with sexually antagonistic effects on human body shape (waist-to-hip ratio adjusted for body mass index)…

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Intergenomic interactions between mitochondrial and Y-linked genes shape male mating patterns and fertility in…

Sexually dimorphic morphology and swimming performance relationships in wild-type zebrafish Danio rerio.

Transcriptomes of parents identify parenting strategies and sexual conflict in a subsocial beetle.

Sexually dimorphic morphology and swimming performance relationships in wild-type zebrafish Danio rerio.

Evolution of reduced postcopulatory molecular interactions in Drosophila populations lacking sperm competition.

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