MHC-dependent mate preferences in humans

  title={MHC-dependent mate preferences in humans},
  author={Claus Wedekind and T. J. Seebeck and Florence Bettens and Alexander J. Paepke},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={245 - 249}
One substantial benefit of sexual reproduction could be that it allows animals (including humans) to react rapidly to a continuously changing environmental selection pressure such as coevolving parasites. This counteraction would be most efficient if the females were able to provide their progeny with certain allele combinations for loci which may be crucial in the parasite-host arms race, for example the MHC (major histocompatibility complex). Here we show that the MHC influences both body… 

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