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Perceptive costs of reproduction drive ageing and physiology in male Drosophila [Nature Ecology & Evolution]

Keywords : evolutionary theory, neuroscience, social evolution

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Costs of reproduction are thought to result from natural selection optimizing organismal fitness within putative physiological constraints. Phenotypic and population genetic studies of reproductive costs are plentiful across taxa, but an understanding of their mechanistic basis would provide important insight into the diversity in life-history traits, including reproductive effort and ageing. Here, we dissect the causes and consequences of specific costs of reproduction in male Drosophila melanogaster.(...)

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