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Adaptation and genetic conflict

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Genes that increase organism fitness can come to prominence as a result of natural selection, leading to the appearance of organismal design, or ‘adaptation’. However, genes that compromise organism fitness can also come to prominence if they are able to secure a selfish propagation advantage from doing so. Such genes are called ‘selfish genetic elements’. I consider the consequences of selfish genetic elements for organismal design (adaptation). First, I consider a fungus in which – strik...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Oxford college:
Wadham College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-5941-3905

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Role:
Supervisor
Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Role:
Examiner
Institution:
Royal Holloway, University of London
Role:
Examiner
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Programme:
Oxford DTP in Environmental Research
Funding agency for:
Scott, TW
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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