Haplodiploid sex ratios and the mutation rate

@article{Smith1980HaplodiploidSR,
  title={Haplodiploid sex ratios and the mutation rate},
  author={Robert H. Smith and M. R. Shaw},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1980},
  volume={287},
  pages={728-729}
}
Deviations from a 1:1 sex ratio in species with haplodiploid genetics are well known and sociobiologists have produced various explanations1–8, all of which ignore the effect of mutations on haploid viability. Lethal recessive mutations can significantly increase male (haploid) mortality and their effect should be estimated to provide the appropriate null hypothesis with which to compare observed sex ratios before considering any more complex, sociobiological hypothesis. Prospective maternal… CONTINUE READING

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