MHC‐based mate choice combines good genes and maintenance of MHC polymorphism

@article{Eizaguirre2009MHCbasedMC,
  title={MHC‐based mate choice combines good genes and maintenance of MHC polymorphism},
  author={Christophe Eizaguirre and Sarah E. Yeates and Tobias L. Lenz and Martin Kalbe and Manfred Milinski},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  year={2009},
  volume={18}
}
Polymorphic genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) are regarded as essential genes for individual fitness under conditions of natural and sexual selection. To test this hypothesis, we investigated the ultimate individual fitness trait — that of reproductive success. We used three‐spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) in seminatural enclosures, located in natural breeding areas where the experimental fish had been caught. During their reproductive period, fish were exposed… Expand
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