INBREEDING AND HAPLOID CHROMOSOMES: A RESPONSE TO HEDRICK (2011)
Article first published online: 14 DEC 2011
© 2011 The Author(s). Evolution© 2011 The Society for the Study of Evolution.
Volume 66, Issue 3, pages 940–941, March 2012
How to Cite
Brandvain, Y. and Wade, M. J. (2012), INBREEDING AND HAPLOID CHROMOSOMES: A RESPONSE TO HEDRICK (2011). Evolution, 66: 940–941. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01512.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 14 DEC 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 22 NOV 2011 12:35AM EST
- Received September 21, 2011, Accepted October 21, 2011
- mating systems;
- population genetics;
- selection – group/kin;
We have shown that inbreeding allows maternally transmitted organelles to respond to selection on male-specific fitness effects (Wade and Brandvain 2009, see also Unckless and Herren 2009). Hedrick (2011) confirms our results, but takes issue with our characterization of “inbreeding” at mitochondrial loci. The reason for this disagreement is straightforward—we define inbreeding as the process of mating between relatives, whereas Hedrick (2011) defines inbreeding as increased homozygosity at autosomal loci genome-wide, which occurs because of mating between relatives. Here, we insist that our definition is not incorrect, and highlight some benefits of our view.