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The Evolution of Mating Preferences and Major Histocompatibility Complex Genes
House mice prefer mates genetically dissimilar at the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). The highly polymorphic MHC genes control immunological self/nonself recognition; therefore, this matingExpand
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The nature of selection on the major histocompatibility complex.
Only natural selection can account for the extreme genetic diversity of genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). Although the structure and function of classic MHC genes is wellExpand
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MHC heterozygosity confers a selective advantage against multiple-strain infections
Genetic heterozygosity is thought to enhance resistance of hosts to infectious diseases, but few tests of this idea exist. In particular, heterozygosity at the MHC, the highly polymorphic loci thatExpand
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Mating patterns in seminatural populations of mice influenced by MHC genotype
BECAUSE of the central role of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes in immune recognition1–3, it is often assumed that parasite-driven selection maintains the unprecendented genetic diversityExpand
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Male-male competition magnifies inbreeding depression in wild house mice.
The detrimental effects of inbreeding on vertebrates are well documented for early stages of the life cycle in the laboratory. However, the consequences of inbreeding on long-term survival andExpand
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Major Histocompatibility Complex Heterozygote Superiority during Coinfection
ABSTRACT Genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) play a critical role in immune recognition, and many alleles confer susceptibility to infectious and autoimmune diseases. How theseExpand
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Chemical signals and parasite-mediated sexual selection.
  • D. Penn, W. Potts
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Trends in ecology & evolution
  • 1 October 1998
Research into visual and acoustic signals has demonstrated that exaggerated sexual displays often provide an honest indicator of a male's resistance to parasites. Recent studies with rodents andExpand
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Cooperative display and relatedness among males in a lek-mating bird.
Long-tailed manakins mate in leks and cooperate in multiyear male-male partnerships. An alpha male is responsible for virtually all mating, whereas a beta male assists in the courtship displays. SuchExpand
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Scent-marking displays provide honest signals of health and infection
Males of many species produce scent marks and other olfactory signals that function to intimidate rivals and attract females. It has been suggested that scent marks provide an honest, cheat-proofExpand
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Ancestral polymorphisms of MHC class II genes: Divergent allele advantage
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