Genetic and phenotypic influences on copulatory plug survival in mice

  title={Genetic and phenotypic influences on copulatory plug survival in mice},
  author={Rachel Mangels and Brandon Young and Sara M Keeble and Reza Ardekani and Camille Meslin and Z{\'e}lia Ferreira and Nathan L. Clark and Jeffrey M Good and Matthew Dean},
Across a diversity of animals, male seminal fluid coagulates upon ejaculation to form a hardened structure known as a copulatory plug. Previous studies suggest that copulatory plugs evolved as a mechanism for males to impede remating by females, but detailed investigations into the time course over which plugs survive in the female’s reproductive tract are lacking. Here, we cross males from eight inbred strains to females from two inbred strains of house mice (Mus musculus domesticus). Plug… CONTINUE READING
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