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dc.contributor.authorUbeda, Francisco
dc.contributor.authorOhtsuki, Hisashi
dc.contributor.authorGardner, Andy
dc.identifier.citationUbeda , F , Ohtsuki , H & Gardner , A 2014 , ' Ecology drives intragenomic conflict over menopause ' , Ecology Letters , vol. 17 , no. 2 , pp. 165-174 .
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dc.description.abstractMenopause is the transition from reproductive to non-reproductive life well before natural death. Rather than involving a smooth, rapid change, it is normally preceded by a long period of erratic hormonal fluctuation that is accompanied by a plethora of unpleasant symptoms. Here, we (1) suggest that this turbulent period owes to conflict, between a woman's maternally inherited (MI) and paternally inherited (PI) genes, over the trade-off between reproduction and communal care; (2) perform a theoretical analysis to show that this conflict is resolved either through silencing or fluctuating expression of one of the genes; (3) highlight which of the symptoms preceding menopause may result from antagonistic co-evolution of MI and PI genes; (4) argue that ecological differences between ancestral human populations may explain the variability in menopause among different ethnic groups; (5) discuss how these insights may be used to inform family planning and cancer risk assessment based on a woman's ancestral background.
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dc.rights© 2013 The Authors. Ecology Letters published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and CNRS. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.en
dc.subjectGame theoryen
dc.subjectGenomic imprintingen
dc.subjectHunter gatherersen
dc.subjectKin selectionen
dc.subjectQH426 Geneticsen
dc.subjectSDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingen
dc.titleEcology drives intragenomic conflict over menopauseen
dc.typeJournal itemen
dc.contributor.sponsorThe Royal Societyen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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