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Testing for genetic trade-offs between early- and late-life reproduction in a wild red deer population

Nussey, Daniel H.; Wilson, Alastair J.; Morris, Alison; Pemberton, Josephine M; Clutton-Brock, Tim H; Kruuk, Loeske


The antagonistic pleiotropy (AP) theory of ageing predicts genetically based trade-offs between investment in reproduction in early life and survival and performance in later life. Laboratory-based research has shown that such genetic trade-offs exist, but little is currently known about their prevalence in natural populations. We used random regression 'animal model' techniques to test the genetic basis of trade-offs between early-life fecundity (ELF) and maternal performance in late life in a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2007.0986


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