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The Genetics and Biology of Sexual Conflict

Book Series:  A Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology Collection
Subject Area(s):  Molecular BiologyGeneticsOrigin and Evolution of Life

Edited by William Rice, University of California, Santa Barbara; Sergey Gavrilets, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis

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© 2014 • 432 pp., illus. (26 4C, 18 B&W), index
Hardcover •
ISBN  978-1-621820-59-8

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The genetic interests of males and females often diverge; traits favored by one sex can be costly to the other. Over time, this “battle of the sexes,” or sexual conflict, has important evolutionary consequences (e.g., speciation).

Written and edited by experts in the field, this collection from Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology examines the underlying biology of sexual conflict—from the molecular to the behavioral levels—and its role as an important driver of evolution. Contributors review multiple examples of sexual antagonism (e.g., parental care and mating rate), its genetic basis, the various and sometimes dramatic ways that it is manifested (e.g., infanticide and copulatory wounding), and its evolutionary impacts, especially on male–female coevolution and reproductive isolation. Topics such as hermaphroditism and homosexuality are also covered.

This volume includes discussion of the evolutionary origins of sexual conflict and its relationship to other evolutionary forces (e.g., sexual selection). It will thus be fascinating reading for all geneticists and biologists who are interested in the evolution of sexual reproduction.


The Sexual Cascade and the Rise of Pre-Ejaculatory (Darwinian) Sexual Selection, Sex Roles, and Sexual Conflict
Geoff A. Parker
The Relationship between Sexual Selection and Sexual Conflict
Hanna Kokko and Michael D. Jennions
Specialists and Generalists: The Sexual Ecology of the Genome
David Haig, Francisco Úbeda, and Manus M. Patten
Sexual Conflict and Seminal Fluid Proteins: A Dynamic Landscape of Sexual Interactions
Laura K. Sirot, Alex Wong, Tracey Chapman, and Mariana F. Wolfner
Paradox of Mother’s Curse and the Maternally Provisioned Offspring Microbiome
Michael J. Wade
The Evolution of Sexually Antagonistic Phenotypes
Jennifer C. Perry and Locke Rowe
Sexual Conflict, Life Span, and Aging
Margo I. Adler and Russell Bonduriansky
Copulatory Wounding and Traumatic Insemination
Klaus Reinhardt, Nils Anthes, and Rolanda Lange
Sexual Conflict Arising from Extrapair Matings in Birds
Alexis S. Chaine, Robert Montgomerie, and Bruce E. Lyon
Sexually Antagonistic Zygotic Drive: A New Form of Genetic Conflict between
the Sex Chromosomes
Urban Friberg and William R. Rice
Sex Chromosome Drive
Quentin Helleu, Pierre R. Gérard, and Catherine Montchamp-Moreau
Sex-Biased Gene Expression and Sexual Conflict throughout Development
Fiona C. Ingleby, Ilona Flis, and Edward H. Morrow
Infanticide as Sexual Conflict: Coevolution of Male Strategies and Female
Ryne A. Palombit
Human Homosexuality: A Paradigmatic Arena for Sexually Antagonistic Selection?
Andrea Camperio Ciani, Umberto Battaglia, and Giovanni Zanzotto
Sexual Conflict between Parents: Offspring Desertion and Asymmetrical Parental Care
Tamás Székely
Sexual Conflict in Hermaphrodites
Lukas Schärer, Tim Janicke, and Steven A. Ramm
Patterns and Mechanisms of Evolutionary Transitions between Genetic Sex-Determining Systems
G. Sander van Doorn
Reproductive Parasitism: Maternally Inherited Symbionts in a Biparental World
Gregory D.D. Hurst and Crystal L. Frost
Sexual Conflict and Sperm Competition
Dominic A. Edward, Paula Stockley, and David J. Hosken
Conflict on the Sex Chromosomes: Cause, Effect, and Complexity
Judith E. Mank, David J. Hosken, and Nina Wedell
Is Sexual Conflict an “Engine of Speciation”?
Sergey Gavrilets
Sexual Cannibalism as a Manifestation of Sexual Conflict
Jutta M. Schneider
Mechanisms and Evidence of Genital Coevolution: The Roles of Natural Selection, Mate Choice, and Sexual Conflict
Patricia L.R. Brennan and Richard O. Prum