The common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) has been used as
a model system to study antagonistic coevolution between the sexes for
the last 25 years. In this seminar I describe my lab's use
"laboratory island analysis" and the construction of synthetic
female resistance genes to tease apart the costs and benefits of
male-female interactions from the female's perspective. These
experiments were done to evaluate whether or not many of the
apparent harmful effects of males on their mates are compensated by
genetic benefits associated with increased quality offspring.
Lastly, I describe my lab's use of genome-wide cytogenetic cloning
to measure ongoing antagonistic coevolution between the sexes.
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