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The genetics of gender and life span

John Tower* and Michelle Arbeitman

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Molecular and Computational Biology Program, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2910, USA

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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:38  doi:10.1186/jbiol141

Published: 29 April 2009


Several possible and potentially overlapping genetic mechanisms have been suggested to explain differences in life span between males and females. Two recent papers in BMC Evolutionary Biology on the effects of inbreeding provide additional insight into the genetic architecture underlying life span differences between genders in two different insects.