The impact of male-killing bacteria on host evolutionary processes.

  title={The impact of male-killing bacteria on host evolutionary processes.},
  author={Jan Engelst{\"a}dter and Gregory D D Hurst},
  volume={175 1},
Male-killing bacteria are maternally inherited endosymbionts that selectively kill male offspring of their arthropod hosts. Using both analytical techniques and computer simulations, we studied the impact of these bacteria on the population genetics of their hosts. In particular, we derived and corroborated formulas for the fixation probability of mutant alleles, mean times to fixation and fixation or extinction, and heterozygosity for varying male-killer prevalence. Our results demonstrate… CONTINUE READING
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