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A Theoretical Overview of Genetic Maternal Effects: Evolutionary Predictions and Empirical Tests with Mammalian Data

Michael J. Wade, Nicholas K. Priest and Tami E. Cruickshank

in Maternal Effects in Mammals

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226501192
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226501222 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226501222.003.0003
A Theoretical Overview of Genetic Maternal Effects: Evolutionary Predictions and Empirical Tests with Mammalian Data

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This chapter reviews recent theoretical advances in relation to maternal-effect genes and the theory of relaxed selective constraint (RSC). It explains how to test theoretical predictions using sequence data and discusses how genetic questions on the evolution of maternal effects can be approached using a combination of microarray expression data and DNA sequence data. This chapter also highlights the importance of genetic models of maternal effects and maternal zygotic interactions in improving our understanding of how maternal effects evolve.

Keywords: maternal-effect genes; relaxed selective constraint; genetic questions; maternal effects; microarray expression data; DNA sequence data; genetic models; maternal zygotic interactions

Chapter.  10225 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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