Professor Jon Wilkins, Ronin Institute
Location: Bourne Lecture Theatre 2
Genomic imprinting – where a gene’s expression pattern depends on its parental origin – is thought to result from an intragenomic conflict between maternally and paternally inherited genes at the same locus. Several genes that are imprinted in the brain have been associated with risk-related behaviors, from aggression to novelty seeking to delay discounting. I will present recent work describing a novel basis for an intragenomic evolutionary conflict over bet-hedging, relating this evolutionary conflict to the cognitive and behavioral phenotypes affected by imprinted genes. I will also discuss how the coevolutionary dynamics associated with intragenomic conflict lead to suboptimal outcomes, and how this phenomenon might contribute to explaining certain apparently maladaptive traits.
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