Data from: MHC, parasites and antler development in red deer: no support for the Hamilton & Zuk hypothesis

Mateusz Buczek, Henryk Okarma, Aleksander W. Demiaszkiewicz & Jacek Radwan
The Hamilton-Zuk hypothesis proposes that the genetic benefits of preferences for elaborated secondary sexual traits have their origins in the arms race between hosts and parasites, which maintains genetic variance in parasite resistance. Infection, in turn, can be reflected in the expression of costly sexual ornaments. However, the link between immune genes, infection, and the expression of secondary sexual traits has rarely been investigated. Here, we explored whether the presence and identity of functional variants...

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