Does operational sex ratio influence relative strength of purging selection in males vs. females?

Agata Plesnar-Bielak, Karolina Sychta, Tomasz S Gaczorek, Joanna K Palka, Monika A Prus & Zofia M Prokop
According to theory, sexual selection in males may efficiently purge mutation load of sexual populations, reducing or fully compensating “the cost of males”. For this to occur, mutations not only need to be deleterious to both sexes, they also must affect males more than females. A frequently overlooked problem is that relative strength of selection on males vs. females may vary between environments, with social conditions being particularly likely to affect selection in males and...
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