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Intragenomic Conflict

  1. Hamish G Spencer

Published Online: 22 JUL 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001714



How to Cite

Spencer, H. G. 2003. Intragenomic Conflict. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 JUL 2003


Intragenomic conflict is the struggle for survival among different elements of the genome. In this struggle, manifested in a number of different ways, so-called selfish genetic elements distort the standard rules of inheritance to gain a transmission advantage over other parts of the genome, often at the expense of the host organism itself.


  • segregation distorters;
  • cytoplasmic inheritance;
  • meiosis;
  • genomic imprinting;
  • meiotic drive;
  • levels of selection