PROF. PASCAL GAGNEUX
The course will explore the evolution of sexual reproduction including its costs and advantages. Human reproduction, like that of all other mammals is strictly sexual. This requires the existence of two sexes and precludes the persistence of successful genetic combinations across generations. This course will consider the evolutionary advantages and costs of sex. We will discuss the genetics of sex-determination, molecular recognition between gametes, fetal tolerance during pregnancy, primate mating systems and latest developments in assisted reproductive technologies.