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Genetic Conflict and Imprinting

  1. Tom Moore

Published Online: 15 DEC 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005978.pub2



How to Cite

Moore, T. 2008. Genetic Conflict and Imprinting. eLS. .

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  1. University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2008


‘Imprinting’ is a mechanism causing differential expression of the parental alleles of certain genes during embryonic and postnatal development in mammals and during seed development in angiosperm plants. Imprinting evolves due to the reduced genetic relatedness of paternal, relative to maternal, alleles at loci influencing maternal investment in the offspring of polygamous females.


  • kin selection;
  • parent–offspring conflict;
  • placenta;
  • endosperm;
  • X-chromosome inactivation