Data from: Major histocompatibility complex-linked social signalling affects female fertility

Dominik Burger, Selina Thomas, Helen Aepli, Margaux Dreyer, Guillaume Fabre, Eliane Marti, Harald Sieme, M. R. Robinson & Claus Wedekind
Genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) have been shown to influence social signalling and mate preferences in many species, including humans. First observations suggest that MHC signalling may also affect female fertility. To test this hypothesis, we exposed 191 female horses (Equus caballus) to either a MHC-similar or a MHC-dissimilar stimulus male around the time of ovulation and conception. A within-subject experimental design controlled for non-MHC linked male characteristics, and instrumental insemination with semen...
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