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Genomic imprinting and risk behaviors

  • Date 10 Oct 2018
  • Time 3pm - 4pm
  • Category Seminar

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.

We host a number of guest seminars throughout the academic year to which all students and staff are invited. This is a great way to learn about current research going on at other universities and research institutions, and to meet and network with other scientists.

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