The Evolution of Mating Preferences and Major Histocompatibility Complex Genes

@article{Penn1999TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of Mating Preferences and Major Histocompatibility Complex Genes},
  author={D. Penn and W. Potts},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1999},
  volume={153},
  pages={145 - 164}
}
  • D. Penn, W. Potts
  • Published 1999
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The American Naturalist
  • House mice prefer mates genetically dissimilar at the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). The highly polymorphic MHC genes control immunological self/nonself recognition; therefore, this mating preference may function to provide “good genes” for an individual's offspring. However, the evidence for MHC‐dependent mating preferences is controversial, and its function remains unclear. Here we provide a critical review of the studies on MHC‐dependent mating preferences in mice, sheep, and humans… CONTINUE READING
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