Gene duplications are thought to be a major source of phenotypic novelty.

In some species, duplicated genes are expressed more highly in males than in females, which has led to the hypothesis that strong sexual selection on males might favour duplication followed by subsequent sex-dependent regulation.

This project will combine genomic analysis of gene duplication using long-read sequencing with RNA-seq analysis of male and female expression to directly test this hypothesis.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Steve Chenoweth