A novel method for using RNA-seq data to identify imprinted genes in social Hymenoptera with multiply mated queens

Jack Howe, Morten Schiøtt, Qiye Li, Zongji Wang, Guojie Zhang & Jacobus Boomsma
Genomic imprinting results in parent-of-origin dependent gene expression biased towards either the maternally- or paternally-derived allele at the imprinted locus. The kinship theory of genomic imprinting argues that this unusual expression pattern is a manifestation of intra-genomic conflict between the maternally- and paternally-derived halves of the genome that arises because they are not equally related to the genomes of social partners. The theory thus predicts that imprinting may evolve wherever there are close interactions among...
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