Cytonuclear interactions and the economics of mating in seed beetles

Damian K Dowling, Tejashwari Meerupati, Goran Arnqvist

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Recent studies have uncovered an abundance of non-neutral cytoplasmic genetic variation within species, which suggests that we should no longer consider the cytoplasm an idle intermediary of evolutionary change. Nonneutrality of cytoplasmic genomes is particularly intriguing, given that these genomes are maternally transmitted. This means that the fate of any given cytoplasmic genetic mutation is directly tied to its performance when expressed in females.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131 - 140
Number of pages10
JournalThe American Naturalist
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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