sperm competition special issue

Spermatozoons_42 The journal Molecular Human Reproduction has just published a special series on the theme of sperm competition, which the editor-in-chief Chris Barratt and I devised as a way of trying to bridge the divide between evolutionary and biomedical researchers interested in reproduction. I introduce the series in this Editorial and there are four reviews in total: Jussi Lehtonen and Geoff Parker writing on the evolution of anisogamy, a review I wrote together with Lukas Schärer, Jens Ehmcke and Joachim Wistuba on the evolution of spermatogenesis, John Fitzpatrick and Stefan Lüpold writing about the evolution of sperm quality and Ellen Kosman and Don Levitan reviewing the evolution of gametic compatibility. Thanks to all involved – enjoy!

Ramm SA. 2014.
Sperm competition and the evolution of reproductive systems
Mol. Hum. Reprod., doi:10.1093/molehr/gau076 PDF

Lehtonen J, Parker GA. 2014.
Gamete competition, gamete limitation, and the evolution of the 
two sexes
Mol. Hum. Reprod., doi:10.1093/molehr/gau068

Ramm SA, Schärer L, Ehmcke J, Wistuba J. 2014.
Sperm competition and the evolution of spermatogenesis
Mol. Hum. Reprod., doi:10.1093/molehr/gau070 PDF

Fitzpatrick JL, Lüpold S. 2014.
Sexual selection and the evolution of sperm quality
Mol. Hum. Reprod., doi:10.1093/molehr/gau067

Kosman ET, Levitan DR. 2014.
Sperm competition and the evolution of gametic compatibility in 
externally fertilizing taxa
Mol. Hum. Reprod., doi:10.1093/molehr/gau069

Update 19 November 2014: The Special Issue has now been published, and all of the reviews are freely available to download here.

Image: Nevit Dilmen via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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