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)

Royal Society logo   European Research Council logo   Swedish Research Council logo

Contact

Dr Ted Morrow

Ted Morrow portrait

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

Twitter

Evolutionary biology, sexual conflict, mitochondria, Darwinian medicine, Royal Society University Research Fellow

Scientific publishing sometimes really does seem like a protection racket for established views rather than the 'scientific' ideal

RT @pknoepfler: Why no new #CRISPR human embryo papers? Some possible reasons none have appeared including editors as gatekeepers ipscell.com/2016/08/where-…

The roles of mutation, selection, and expression in determining relative rates of evolution in mitochondrial vs. nuc mbe.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/…

Mitochondrial-Nuclear Interactions Mediate Sex-Specific Transcriptional Profiles in Drosophila genetics.org/content/early/…

RT @UMDFScience: Further evidence of importance of proper nuclear-mito DNA crosstalk in health goo.gl/2FQEFr #UMDF

Visit ted_morrow on Twitter

Twitter feed from @SexualConflict

RSS Feed of Sexual Conflict and Sexual Antagonism papers :: curated by @ted_morrow

Developmental environment mediates male seminal protein investment in Drosophila melanogaster. dlvr.it/M5bHKk

Is Multifactorial Sex Determination in the House Fly, Musca domestica (L.), Stable Over Time? dlvr.it/M4WjvG

Drosophila melanogaster females restore their attractiveness after mating by removing male anti-aphrodisiac… dlvr.it/LyCtw1

The sex locus is tightly linked to factors conferring sex-specific lethal effects in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. dlvr.it/LyCp9m

Sex-specific allelic transmission bias suggests sexual conflict at MC1R. dlvr.it/LxxLyJ

Visit SexualConflict on Twitter